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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?

Contents page

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A dissertation or a thesis is an extended piece of writing. To help your reader find information easily, you must include a Contents page.

Contents page

Figure 5: Example 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.

Notice that everything leading up to the Introduction does not have to be numbered here. If you do number the pages, the numbering would be in Roman numerals.


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