Master’s thesis layout and its contents

In this part of the thesis you will learn that the master’s thesis consists of:

  • cover page;
  • table of contents;
  • introduction;
  • chapters and sub-chapters;
  • termination;
  • bibliography.

By the way – by the way, you already know how to get started with bullets. Remember to always punch in the same way in all work, always with the same “birds”, without unnecessary motility! And one more thing: a dot, such as above, among the characters used for bullets is higher in the hierarchy than the dash / over the drop is the letter, above the letter – number /.

This chapter will also show you what to include in the individual elements of the work, what to make and how to interact with each other. So work.

Title page of the master’s thesis

If you’ve got it right up to this point, the layout of the cover page should not cause you any more problems. Just in case, I only say that on the first page of your work must be:

  • name of your university, faculty \ institute / often also the name of the studio / under which you write a master thesis – in case of doubt, ask the promoter / he is there to answer all your question /;
  • Your name and index number;
  • the title of the master’s thesis;
  • under whose direction work has been written / promotor /;
  • place and date / usually year and month / defense.

3.2 Table of contents

Immediately on the cover page, you place a table of contents for your work. And again – clearly, with a clear division into chapters and sub-chapters / smaller units, you do not have to mark here / and, of course, with the page on which they start. Please note that in this work I used a table – in my opinion it is the easiest way to display a table of contents in a nice and decent manner / click on “Print preview” and you will see what my table of contents looks like /.


Contrary to appearances, the introduction and completion of the master’s thesis belong to the part that is probably the most difficult to write. First of all – the introductions / and endings / are most read by the reviewers, because of the fact that you must find the essence of your work, the main thought, message, conclusions, etc. But in turn. The introduction should / obviously apply to humanities, not in every work, eg at the Polytechnic or the mathematical department, the following elements can be placed / include:

specifying what topic your job is about, what you do in it; remember to keep yourself in check – work should not be too far from the main topic! discipline, discipline and once again discipline in writing – your work will grow to a huge extent if you get into details too much;

  • an explanation of why exactly this and not another subject you chose / because, for example, the topic you are interested in is little literature, because the issues you are moving have become extremely timely, moving, important for society, science, for the country … / ;
  • thesis – each very good Master’s thesis in my opinion should form a thesis / thesis whose development / confirmation / refutation is the content of the work, and which in the end you repeat;
  • determination of the research method – you must write in the introduction whether you have used the analysis of documents, or historical method / analysis of past events / or maybe comparative / comparison of two phenomena, organisms, institutions … / or you used your own questionnaire – surveys / in particular, social sciences / and on this basis you have been compiling statistical data; whereby you should indicate the main method you use;
  • delimiters – that is to say, which parts of your work are deliberately narrowed; you know, that not all matters concerning your subject must be included in the work, obvious things do not have to be described in detail, going beyond the subject; however, the reviewer does not have to know it and you are guided by the words “I know that you can write more about this and about this, but for lack of space and for the simple reason that it goes too far beyond the core and the main issues of interest to us, I am only limiting myself to a light to mark this problem, without going into unnecessary, in my opinion, details “;
  • the content of the work – briefly present the next chapters, their merits, layout, also with little justification; You can also draw the attention of the reader to the more important fragments of your work, to guiding thoughts and the most important matters;
  • sources – in the introduction you should also present the sources you used to write the work; of course, this is not about bibliography / about it in Bibliography /, but about where you got information for writing; whether you mainly used Internet sources or government materials / various institutions and organizations / or did you use a variety of reports and research, in addition to – the most important textbooks; you do not have to exchange everything, all you have to do is write which sources have been the most helpful, least of all, and you can even complain that the materials for a specific solution are missing / in connection with which you decided to fill this gap with your work … / ;
  • a few more words at the end of the introduction, to clamp it with a buckle so that it does not break off in the middle of the paragraph; the introduction creates a specific, to a certain extent, literally closed whole, and it is nice to write a sentence – two “from myself” / but not very personally! / in the style “I hope that this work will contribute to a better understanding of the principles of functioning …” foo.

Chapters and sub-chapters

In fact, we have just reached the most important part of your work. Chapters and subchapters, their appropriate arrangement and elaboration, constitute the “meat” around which you write all the rest / that is why I usually recommend first to write all the work and, finally, based on the existing text, introduction and conclusion /. Each chapter starts with a new page, the subsection is enough to be separated from the previous one with an empty line. The title of the chapter and its number / numbers, Roman or Arabic, preferably / in the middle, readable. The title and the number of the subsection also distinguish well from the text / notice how I do it in this study – the numbers of the following subsections are distinguished due to the chapter number from which they come /.

It must be remembered, however, that a very good master’s thesis must have at least three chapters. The smaller number, you will admit, looks, oddly, strangely … Second – each chapter should be divided into at least two subsections. Of course, there should be moderation in these numbers – work can not consist of several dozen chapters, one of which has two subchapters, and another twenty-two. Anyway, the volume of work alone will limit this amount to us. Subsections, in subsequent chapters, should be more or less in equal amounts / but without exaggeration with this equality … /.

And finally – it’s not recommended to divide work into parts. Let the work consist of extensive chapters divided into several sub-chapters, and these may include points, but nothing else. One should not overwhelm the skeleton of the work – let it be transparent and its logic and easy to understand.

Besides, it depends only on you and your promoter what will be found in specific chapters and their sub-chapters. Remember to write a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter, which he also treats, a kind of introduction to individual chapters. It is not easy to start with the title of the chapter without any attention, starting with the title of its first subsection.


As I have already mentioned when describing the introduction, the end of the master’s thesis is its summary – there is a statement about the thesis of your work with a strong justification for it. You write here why you were able to prove / disprove the thesis put forward in the introduction, but before adding a kind of work balance, all the conclusions that came to your mind during writing. In this way you bind all the work with a kind of “buckle”: introduction – development – ending, the ending shows your conclusions from the whole work. It is also good to add some comments “from yourself” regarding, for example, the future of the topic you are discussing, your opinion on the further development of the situation, negotiations, hopes, doubts etc. that evoke the facts described in the work. You also have here / a small admittedly, but nevertheless / a field to show off your erudition, to present thoughts flowing from the conclusions contained in the work.


The last element of your work is bibliography. First of all, it contains the items you used to write, but also those that you know exist and that relate to the topic of your work. Of course, by entering material that you have no idea about in the bibliography, you may be exposed to / malicious / question of the reviewer, which he also treats. So it’s good to be able to say a few words about each of the books that you put here / something like “interesting, but too general”, or “too much in detail in the matter … and at the same time omitting more important topics … “/.

I do not have to add that it is nice to include in the bibliography entries written by or under the direction of the promoter \ reviewer \ member of the commission / but then you must know them well, because there is a higher probability of asking for them! /. Of course, it can also happen that on the subject on which you write, none of these people wrote anything – then you have trouble with your head.