The primary aim of the thesis writer, whatever the area of his/her thesis, should be to express his/her ideas clearly and coherently - not in the jargon of a specialty or with unnecessarily long and involved sentences. Since the author is communicating to the reader the originality of the interpretation and the expression of the ideas, the sentence structure and the words chosen should enhance the ideas, not obscure them. There should be a clear beginning, middle and end, i.e., a clear introduction where the problems are posed or the areas to be investigated are stated; a middle containing the detailed arguments and documentation leading to the final resolution; and an end which logically concludes the two earlier sections with clarification and, if appropriate, resolution of the earlier themes or by suggested solutions to the problems posed in the first section.

For theses in scientific areas: in general, a thesis based on laboratory experiments should contain the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Brief Summary followed by a list of References which were cited in the text.