Common thesis structures

These resources provide general guidance on researching and structuring a thesis. Specific information on common elements and examples of these elements in various disciplines are in the section below.

Common Thesis Structures Examples

  1. Abstract: all theses have sections such as a title page, table of contents, list of figures and an acknowledgments page before the main sections
  2. Introductions: the literature review may be part of the introduction or a separate chapter, depending on the amount of literature that needs to be discussed
  3. Literature review
  4. Methods and materials section
  5. Results: in some disciplines, the results and discussion section are combined within the one chapter
  6. Discussion
  7. Conclusion
  8. References: all theses have a reference list following the conclusion. They may also have an appendix