Thesis/Project report: Overall structure

OBJECTIVES

In this section you will learn about:

  • Typical thesis/project stages
  • Explanation of the role of the stages
  • The typical structure
  • The thesis stages and the flow of argument

THE STAGES THE FUNCTIONS

Look at the table showing the main stages of a thesis. Each stage has a function. Note that this is a generalized structure and your thesis may combine some stages e.g. Results and Discussion. It also contains suggested proportions for each stage.

Stage Function
Title
Abstract
Front matter
Introduction
Literature review
Methodology
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
References
Appendices

OVERALL STRUCTURE: THE THESIS AS ARGUMENT

It is useful to see your whole thesis as an argument. The diagram below shows which sections of the report are crucial for the development of your argument, the shape of the whole thesis and how the information flows through the report from general to specific.

Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure
Thesis Structure