CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
Thesis Writing and ETD Submission Guidelines
for CEU MA/MSc Theses and PhD Dissertations
(Revised and adopted by the CEU Senate 7 December 2007)
The thesis or dissertation is the single most important element of a research degree. It is a test of the student’s ability to undertake and complete a sustained piece of independent research and analysis, and to write up that research in a coherent form according to the rules and conventions of the academic community. As the official language of study at CEU is English, students are required to write the thesis/dissertation in English to a standard that native speaker academics would find acceptable. A ...view middle of the document...
For information on discipline-specific requirements, deadlines for submission, and for documents required in preparation for the thesis, such as proposals, outlines, or annotated bibliographies, students should consult their departmental coordinator.
1. Language and Format
The thesis should be written in English. Quotations should normally be in English, with the original language included in a footnote where appropriate. Exceptions to this may be made when discipline specific guidelines permit (for example the use of Latin in Medieval Studies), or when issues such as the wording of the original language or the difference between different translations are under discussion. Other exceptions are short phrases in Latin or French typically used in English, such as ‘raison d’être’ or ‘inter alia’ which should be written in italics. For specific guidance in this area, students should consult their supervisor or another member of their department. Book titles, magazine titles, and newspaper titles may appear in their original language as long as English translations are given in parentheses or in a footnote. Cyrillic, Arabic and other non-Latin scripts should use their Latin equivalent. Where more than one transliteration style exists, a single style should be used consistently. Students should consult their academic writing instructor or advisor concerning proper transliteration procedures.
1.1 Ordering of parts
Parts of the thesis should be ordered as follows:
1. Title page Required
2. Copyright notice (if required by department)
3. Abstract or executive summary (as required by department)
4. Acknowledgements or dedications Optional
5. Table of contents Required
6. List of Figures, Tables or Illustrations Where required
7. List of Abbreviations Where required
8. Body of the thesis Required
9. Appendices Where required
10. Glossary Where required
11. Bibliography/Reference list Required
Students should consult their department as to whether any other discipline specific components should be included and if so where.
1.2 Layout and Appearance
• The thesis should be computer printed on white A4 paper in Times New Roman, Garamond or Arial 12pt. The thesis may be printed double-sided or single-sided depending on departmental requirements. Double-spacing should be used in the abstract and text of the thesis. Single spacing should be used in long tables, block quotations separated from the text, footnotes, and bibliographical entries. Paragraphs should be indented, or an empty line left between paragraphs, depending on departmental requirements.
• Margins should be one inch or 2.5 cm on all sides, and page size should be set to A4, not US letter. Pages should be numbered at the bottom in the centre, using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3) starting with the first page of the thesis proper (i.e. the first page of the introduction). Pages prior to this should be numbered with lowercase Roman...