Research division

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Research comprises “creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.”


The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management
Guidelines for Dissertations and Theses
A dissertation/thesis is a formal report on a research project undertaken for a masters/doctoral degree.
The structure and presentation of the dissertation/thesis should comply with international conventions
as customised by Da Vinci in this document. It should communicate effectively with the relevant
research, innovation, professional and employer communities. Experience has shown that flawed
research cannot be disguised in an elegant report – equally so can good research sometimes be
obscured by poor structuring, language and technical editing – and a general careless approach.
This document first summarises the technical and editorial requirements a Da Vinci dissertation /thesis
must comply with. Second, it offers examples of the front matter or preliminaries (title page to the end
of the List of Figures), the formatting of the contents and examples of the rear matter or appendices.
Section 1 Technical Aspects
Font and line spacing
Use a clean uncluttered font (e.g. Calibri, Verdana, Arial or Times New Roman, font size 11 or 12pt and
1.15 line spacing (chosen for this document). Justifying the text creates a more professional appearance.
(Keep in mind that supervisors and examiners could be reading your dissertation/theses late at night –
assist them by making your dissertation/thesis ‘reader friendly’ from a technical point of view.)
Left margin must be set to 2.5 or 3cm and right margin to 2 or 2.5 cm for binding of document.
Documents must be printed single-sided only.
Paragraph/section structure
Use the following numbering system to differentiate between different levels


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