Undergraduate Dissertation Layout Format

The following components must be formatted to be uniform with the model / template:

Title Page, Committee Page, Acknowledgements, Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Chapters, Top Margins, Pagination (Roman and Arabic Numerals), References, Appendices, and Vita.  

Students should format their thesis or dissertation to follow the guidelines contained within the model document.   Use of the “template” is an option for students who find it helpful.   All theses and dissertations, regardless of their source document (MS Word, LaTeX, Mac Pages, Google Docs or another Open Source document) must match the uniform guidelines contained within the model documents.

Signature / Approval page templates are now located in the "Forms" page under the "For Graduation" tab

Printed Abstracts are no longer required for submission.

Specific Instructions for MS-Word

Templates for LaTeX
For information and instructions about Latex, Click Here.

We read many dissertations each year, so we’ve thrown together a quick dissertation structure template to show you what needs to be included. Your dissertation may be slightly different though, so this is more of a guide you should adapt to your own work.

A dissertation should include:

  1. Cover Page
  2. Abstract
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Main Body of Writing
  7. Conclusion
  8. Bibliography
  9. Appendices

Cover Page

This will usually include the title of your dissertation, your name, your course title, and the name of your supervisor. Check with your supervisor if you need to add anything else, such as the course you are on or the word count.


This page gives a brief summary of your dissertation, typically in about a third to a half of the page.


Here you give thanks to those who have supported you throughout your research and writing up your dissertation.

Table of Contents

The table of contents needs to set out the individual chapters and sub-headings, followed by the page numbers. You may also need a list of figures and tables.


In this section, you introduce the reader to your dissertation and provide an overview of your study.

Main Body

In this part, you will include the main chapters or headings of your work. Here you discuss the literature you have used, followed by an analysis, evaluation, and discussion.


In the conclusion, you need to bring together the various parts of your dissertation and demonstrate how you have answered your research question. You may also want to include suggestions or recommendations for future research.


For your bibliography, you need to compile a comprehensive list of all the references and source material you have used in your dissertation.


Include any material here that would otherwise interrupt the flow of your writing, such as questionnaires or transcripts.

If you’re writing your undergraduate dissertation or your postgraduate thesis, you should consider having your document checked by a professional. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think. Have a look at our prices page for more information.

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