General Format for a Thesis Written in English
The following provides an acceptable standard for a thesis written in English:
The thesis must be expressed in a satisfactory literary form consistent with the discipline concerned and must display a scholarly approach to the subject and a thorough knowledge of it. A critical review of previous work related to the subject and a concluding summation of the contribution to scholarship in the chosen field must be included in the thesis. The structure of the thesis shall consist of some or all the following sections in the order listed below:
See (Layout 1a)
The style of the title page to be used for thesis is shown in Layout 1.
A list containing the names, title, and affiliations of the committee members, with space for their signatures and date (Layout 2).
Thesis Examining Committee
A list containing the names, titles, and affiliations of the Thesis Examining Committee members, with space for their signatures and date (Layout 3).
It should be brief and need not include the work “dedicated”; for example, “To Khalfan” is sufficient.
In the acknowledgement, the student thanks mentors and colleagues who supported the research. The acknowledgements should not exceed one page.
An abstract briefly summarizes the contents of the thesis. It should be approximately one page single-spaced. A translation of the title and abstract in Arabic should follow. (Layout 5).
An epigraph is a brief, pertinent quotation. The name of the author of the epigraph (sometimes only the last name of a well-known author) appears below the epigraph, right justified.
Table of Contents
The table of contents lists all the parts of the thesis following the Table of Contents (Layout 4).
List of Tables (Optional)
This is a list of all the table titles in numerical order with their page numbers.
List of Figures (Optional)
This is a list of all figures titles in numerical order with their page numbers.
List of Symbols and Abbreviations (Optional)
This is an alphabetical list of the conventional signs and shortened forms of words or phrases used in the text.
A thesis which contains many foreign or technical terms should include a list of them, followed by their translation or definition. These terms should be arranged alphabetically.