Acknowledgements of a thesisDate published October 4, 2014 by Date updated: October 14, 2015
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The task of the acknowledgements section is solely for thanking the people who have helped you and supported you during the writing of your thesis. In many theses, the acknowledgements are given as a part of the preface rather than as an independent section.
Why use acknowledgements?
There are various reasons to use a separate acknowledgments section. For example, it may be that writing your thesis was a particularly difficult period. It may also be that you worked for a longer period of time on the document, as, for example, when writing a doctoral thesis.
This often involves an intensive period of several years in which many people have assisted you. Therefore, you would especially like to reflect upon the people who were involved in this process.
People who are often mentioned in the acknowledgements are advisors, fellow students and Ph.D. students, colleagues, possible respondents and, naturally, friends and family.
Should I choose a preface and/or acknowledgements?
We advise you to use only a preface. Using a preface and an acknowledgement section in your thesis is redundant and in the preface, in addition to thanking people, you can also provide the reader extra information. That’s killing two birds with one stone.
We have written an example of an acknowledgements section, so you will be able to see what an acknowledgements section could look like.