Ph.D. Dissertation

Dissertation thesis has paper format of 14, suggested margins are of 2.5 cm. Recommended line spacing is 1.15. The font should be proportional serif 12pt (Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia aj.). The font for headings should be slightly larger.

Tables and figures should be numbered and labeled. All tables and figures are referenced in the text (see Fig. 3…). Under the table or figure, the proper source should be mentioned (including the author, if necessary). Tables and figures should be directly related to the text. Otherwise, they should be located in appendices at the end of the thesis.

Double-sided print is strongly recommended.

The referencing style has to be consistent. It is inappropritate to put references to footnotes. For citations, as well as the list of references, we suggest using a standardized format, such as the APA referencing style. The list of references  at the end of the thesis should be sorted in alphabetical order.

Recommended Structure of a Ph.D. Thesis

  1. First pages – MS Word template
  2. Contents
  3. Introduction, including the justification of the topic, goals of the thesis, its structure and the methodology adopted.
  4. Literature review. This part summarized the most up-to-date theory and empirical findings; it should be based especially on articles from international journals with impact factor. Besides the review of the state-of-the-art, this part should also contain the critical view of the author. Based on the literature review, the author should acknowledge that there exists a research gap, which needs to be addressed. Based on the research gap, several research questions or hypotheses are formulated.
  5. Methodology. This part contains a detailed description of the methods and data used. If the thesis collects primary data, then this part usually contains:
    • Research design.
    • Description of the population and the sample.
    • A detailed description of sampling and data analysis (such as statistical tests/tools).
  6. Results of data analysis.
  7. Discussion and synthesis of findings. The results are confronted with the past research. A critical discussion of potential sources of bias and errors should also be developed, as well as implications arising from the author’s research.
  8. Conclusion summarizing the achievement of thesis goals, answers to research questions or discussion of hypotheses testing, implications for theory and practice, and future development of research.
  9. References.
  10. Appendices.

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