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Follow Our Simple Dissertation Structure Template


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As a proofreading company, we have read tens of thousands of dissertations and continue to read hundreds every year. This means we know what needs to be included and the best way of laying out the structure of your dissertation to get the best grades possible.

A dissertation is a long, formal piece of writing that is meant to present new research and original ideas. It is often required by graduate students in order to receive their degree. The structure of a dissertation varies from one field of study to another but typically includes chapters such as an introduction, literature review, methodologys, discussion and conclusion.

As a guide, your dissertation should be made up of the following:


The Abstract of your dissertation explains what will be found in your research paper. It gives the readers a decent idea on how to perceive your work and is generally considered to be a study overview.

An abstract can be defined as “a brief summary of an article”. An abstract is used for any kind of written report such as thesis, dissertation or journal article etc., which explains what you have done during your research period and how it has helped you achieve something which was not possible before you started the project.


The acknowledgement page is dedicated to people that contributed, or provided inspiration for the completion of the dissertation. Do not mention all the people who helped you complete the study, keep it brief and include only those individuals who were directly involved in your work, i.e., thesis supervisor, etc.

Table of Contents (TOC)

The Table of Contents (TOC) is an index of everything in the dissertation – it should not include the title and contents page! A clear and well-formatted contents page is essential as it indicates a quality paper is to follow.


The introduction section informs the reader about the research topic and why it is important to study this topic; it also defines any key terms that are utilised throughout the text, i.e., terms that appear essential in understanding your manuscript but may need more explanation than you give in an introductory paragraph or sentence (note that a properly formatted list of references will make this easier for everyone).

You should also keep this section brief; the purpose of the introduction is to give readers context for what is ahead in terms of content, an outline of how things will be structured (including any subheadings), and why they need to read what you have written.

Main Body of Work

You are going to put the most important chapters or headings of your work in this section. In this section, you will talk about the literature that you have used, and then you will move on to methods you used and then to an analysis, a discussion and a conclusion.


In the conclusion of your dissertation, you need to illustrate how you have answered the research question that you posed in the introduction, as well as draw together the various components of your dissertation. You could also provide some ideas or proposals for additional research in the future.


For the purpose of your bibliography, you will need to prepare an exhaustive list of all of the references and source material that you have utilised in your dissertation.


You should include anything that might normally disrupt the flow of your writing, such as questionnaires or transcripts, in this section instead.

Our Summary

In summary, our dissertation template is a simple yet important document that can be used by students.

The formatting of your paper will influence how well it reads and presents information – good organisation ensures that readers aren’t distracted or confused by presentation issues as they’re reading through your work.

Your reader’s time should never be wasted on something basic like spelling mistakes or poor grammar, so make sure you pay attention to details when proofreading before submitting any assignment!

If you are currently working on either your undergraduate dissertation or your postgraduate thesis, you should seriously consider getting a professional proofreader to look over your work. It is less expensive than you may imagine it would be. For further information, please click the button below.

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