Sustainability: Parts of the Thesis

The Sustainability thesis is divided into these sections:

Front Matter

  • Title page
  • Copyright page (or a blank page)
  • Abstract
  • Dedication (optional)
  • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Acronyms and/or Definitions (optional)

Body of the Thesis

  • Chapter I.  Introduction

- Research Significance and Objectives

- Background

- Research Questions and Hypotheses

  • Chapter II.  Methods
  • Chapter III.  Results
  • Chapter IV.  Discussion

- Conclusions

End Matter

  • Appendices (optional)
  • References


Notes on thesis organization

  • The bulleted headings in the Body of the Thesis are required
  • Chapter I typically begins with a few introductory paragraphs outlining the broad research problem, leading to the broad significance and goals of the thesis research
  • The Background typically has many sections - it reviews the literature and previous work on your research problem, leading to your research questions and hypotheses
  • Chapters II, III and IV typically have several headings and subheadings
  • Footnotes and endnotes are not allowed in Sustainability theses

Alternative organization of the thesis

  • You are encouraged to discuss publishing your research with your Thesis Director
  • To work efficiently towards this goal, you may submit drafts of journal articles you plan to submit as Chapter II (and Chapter III, if a second chapter is needed)
  • Additional thesis research material can be placed in additional chapters or appendices