Writing Dissertations

All the elements needed for a successful dissertation.

Which sections go into a dissertation

Contents page

contents pageA dissertation or a thesis is an extended piece of writing - it's a long one! So, to help your reader find information easily, you must include a Contents page.


Usually, the Contents page will come after the Acknowledgements and Abstract, and before the List of figures (if you have one) and the Introduction.

Be very careful when making your final draft that all of the page numbers given in the Contents are correct.

Notice that everything leading up to the Introduction does not (necessarily) have to be numbered here (if you do, the numbering would be in Roman numerals).

The next page details how you should list any tables or illustrations.