Usually a thesis follows a structure of this type (except for modifications requested by a university or a reference professor):

  • frontispiece
    Index
    Introduction
  • Body of the thesis
  • Conclusions
    Bibliography
    Any appendices
  • Any thanks
  • Let’s see briefly what it is.

Title page

The title page must contain the logo of your university; the Faculty and the degree course; the title of the thesis; name, surname, matriculation number of the candidate; the title, name and surname of the supervisor. However, the title page remains one of the last problems, as in most cases copy shops have an easily compiled template.

Index

The index is practically a mandatory passage of the thesis, which is certainly better set in time. The index does not have to be done at the end wasting precious time to remember and mark all the paragraphs of your thesis. Because there are also subparagraphs, tables, figures. It would be crazy to do it by hand when there is a word that does it automatically!

Styles are available in the ribbon (Title 1, Title 2, Title 3 and below) to automatically create the Index. Selecting the text you want to format, click on one of the styles. By right clicking on the styles, you can also change the formatting to your liking and apply it to all subsequent documents.

Once the entire text has been formatted in this way, all that remains is to create the Index, which you can update and change from time to time. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text, go to References> Table of Contents> Automatic Table 1. This will display the index of your work, automatically formatted. You can change the title of the Summary in Index and place it at the beginning of the text.

If you need to insert the figure index, just follow these steps: References> Insert figure index> Caption label: Figure. The list of formatted figures will appear, obviously if you have used the Insert Caption tool

Introduction

The introduction is a product of a maximum of two pages that presents the topic of the thesis, the reasons for the choice of topic, the objectives and the method used (literature review, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, etc.) as well as the structure of the thesis with a brief description of the individual chapters. Example: “This study / paper has the objective of … In this regard the theme was analyzed following the perspective of…. In the first chapter we will talk about… in the second chapter instead…. The third chapter presents / erà … .. (usually it is the empirical chapter).

Usually the introduction of the thesis is written when the completion of the thesis, the research and the analyzes have been completed. It must provide the reader with a comprehensive view of the content of the thesis: reading the introduction the reader must be able to understand the content of the thesis.

PS. Usually the introduction to the thesis does not follow paragraph numbering, but it is nevertheless included in the index.

Body of the thesis

The entire thesis is divided into chapters. The chapters can be three, five, it depends very much on the guidelines provided or how many topics are covered within it. Usually the first is of a more general nature; the second is more focused on the topic being analyzed and the third on a case study / empirical analysis that exemplifies the topic discussed in the previous chapters.

The formatting of the entire thesis can be chosen freely, but to have a guideline you can use the Times New Roman, Arial, Segoe UI style, with a body equal to 12 or slightly lower. The line spacing varies from 1.15, 1.5 to 2 (which is however very wide).

For the whole body of the thesis it is useful to have in mind the following subdivision:

Conclusions

  • The conclusions (always 1/2 pages) are intended to provide a summary of the results of the research work. The conclusions must also be written once the work is completed. They reflect the objectives of the elaborate – mentioned in the Introduction – and explain how these were achieved. Furthermore, the conclusions summarize the results of the research / analysis carried out, provide recommendations and identify managerial implications or suggestions for future research. In practice, they try to help the reader understand how they could use those analyzes (as a consumer, as a manager, as an entrepreneur) in carrying out their business.

Bibliography

The bibliography includes all the cited texts referred to during the study and research on the topic (those mentioned and those not mentioned); must be written following some particular rules (citation styles) and can be done automatically through word in the References section<Insert citation. Also in the References section, you will have the citation styles available (which you can eventually modify automatically) and the possibility to manage the sources or insert the bibliography. It’s an automatic job that will save you time and resources.

Whenever you read a book, a scientific article, an essay, enter it in word in the Insert quote section and fill in the part with all the required information of the essay (to find all the information you can also go to Google Scholar and search for the title of your book / essay / article and then go to see his bibliographical references). Once entered it will be part of your library, you can quote it after using it and it will be automatically generated at the end by clicking on Bibliography.