STRUCTURE OF A PhD THESIS

ALTERNATIVE FORMATS


The thesis may be presented in one of two formats:

Thesis in manuscript format


All the research work is reported in the form of individual chapters, each consisting of a manuscript written for publication in an approved journal, which usually means that it is individually structured in Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables and Figures format. The thesis in manuscript format is now strongly encouraged by the College of Health Sciences. Such a thesis represents an output which more closely approximates the standard output in the research community, namely publications. It also makes it much simpler for you to get your work published. The research chapters are preceded by a brief introduction to the research project and followed by a brief discussion, again looking at all research findings the whole project.

Thesis as a monograph


This is the traditional thesis format, essentially consisting of a “book” which begins with an introduction and literature survey, is followed by methods, then by results and then by discussion for the entire project, with a single bibliography of references at the end.

HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR THESIS


Advice on this will be added shortly.