Archived Material (Dissertations)
This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.
Step 2: What sections go into a dissertation?
The acknowledgments is a paragraph which thanks everyone who has helped you whilst you have been researching and writing your dissertation.This may be your supervisor or any other academic staff who have provided guidance and support; other students or colleagues that you've collaborated with; interviewees; librarians; external bodies who have given you assistance.
Not every dissertation/thesis has one but it is a good idea, if you are clear about who you should thank - don't just include one because you feel you ought to. Do check previous students' papers in the library and talk to your supervisor about whether to include one.
Figure 3: Example Acknowledgements page (from Solent Electronic Archive).
Acknowledgements usually come on the first page after the title page although some people put it after the abstract. Check for the normal practice in your subject.