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The title of your thesis

Sample thesis title with a concise and accurate description that includes key words and avoids using scientific formulas



The Preface must include the following:

(There is a tradition to write a narrative preface in Tromsø)

  • A statement indicating the relative contributions of all collaborators and co- authors of publications (if any), emphasizing details of your contribution and stating the proportion of research and writing conducted by you
  • A list of any publications arising from work presented in the dissertation, and the chapter(s) in which the work is located
  • The name of the particular Research Ethics Board, and the Certificate Number(s) of the Ethics Certificate(s) obtained, if ethics approval was required for the research


Table of contents

Summary (in English): A two-page summary of your whole thesis and the most important findings

Summary (in Russian/Norwegian etc):  Same summary, translated



The following are usually mentioned in the Acknowledgements:

  • Supervisor and committee 
  • Grant support
  • Helpful fellow students, lab mates etc.
  • Family support

Acknowledgements may extend for more than one page, but should be no longer than two pages.


List of Symbols, Abbreviations or Other (if applicable)

If you have other lists, for example, a list of symbols, a list of abbreviations, list of schemes etc, they go after the List of Tables and List of Figures, in any order you wish. 



A list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions.


Introduction (to the thesis)

The introduction to the thesis must outline the theme, hypotheses and/or goals of the thesis and provide sufficient information to enable a non-specialist researcher to understand these. It must contain the elements listed below. The way in which these elements are incorporated will depend on the particular discipline.

  • A thorough review of relevant literature
  • A clear statement of the research question – the hypotheses and/or goals of the research

Remember your red thread!


Materials and methods

A summary of all your materials and methods from all your papers. A description of methods used, in sufficient detail to enable a reader to understand how the data were gathered and to apply similar methods in another study

  • Demography chapter
  • Statistical analyses chapter
  • Ethical considerations chapter


Main results (of your papers)

Summarize the main results of your papers. Not a complete abstract, just your main results

Body of thesis

The account of the research should be presented in a manner suitable for the field and include the following:

  • A coherent structure that flows logically and smoothly from chapter to chapter
  • A brief synopsis at the beginning of each research chapter
  • A complete account of the research presented in a systematic manner typical of the field of study
  • Students should consult with their supervisors for further guidance about how to structure their particular thesis.



  • Main objectives: remember your red thread from the introduction. Lacking a coherent structure and red thread is one of the more common reasons for committees not approving theses
  • Updated information: What has happened since you wrote your first article? It might be several years old. This is basically an updated literary review on your topic complete with references
  • Elaboration on a specific topic or theme: many consider this to be the most important part of your thesis. This allows you to expand on one or more of your topics. Information and discussions not covered sufficiently in your papers. This section needs to be novel and “in-depth”. This section is what sets apart the candidates.
  • Strengths and limitations: just like in your papers, write a section on strengths and limitations. Be proactive and get the better of your opponents. Perhaps set a trap or two for them, i.e. an obvious (but not major) weakness that you have a really good answer for in your defense
  • Privacy and ethics: this section may be broader and more general than the specific ethics pertaining to your individual papers



In this section the student must demonstrate his/her mastery of the field and (for doctoral candidates) his/her contribution to knowledge in the broader discipline.

The section includes the following:

  • Overall analysis and integration of the research and conclusions of the thesis in light of current research in the field
  • Conclusions regarding goals or hypotheses of the thesis that were presented in the Introduction, and the overall significance and contribution of the thesis research
  • Comments on strengths and limitations of the thesis research
  • Discussion of any potential applications of the research findings
  • An analysis of possible future research directions in the field drawing on the work of the thesis



A complete list of new references used in the body of your thesis



All appendices in the thesis must be presented together after the concluding chapter. Page numbering for appendices continues on from the body of the thesis, in sequence. Appendices must be limited to supporting material genuinely subsidiary to the main argument of the thesis. Appendices must only include material that is referred to in the Body of the thesis.

The following are appropriate for inclusion in the appendices:

  • Additional details of methodology and/or data
  • Diagrams of specialized equipment developed
  • Copies of questionnaires or surveys used in the research

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