Bachelor and Thesis

How many chapters should a bachelor’s thesis have, and how much a master’s thesis?

Every scientific work should meet certain requirements as to form. Master’s and bachelor’s theses differ, for example, from journalistic texts, which are characterized by a freer language and a non-binding structure.

Scientific work must be very well written, it can not be a puzzle for the reader. Very important is the clear division of content into such elements as: title page, table of contents, introduction, proper content, ending, bibliography and annexes. Thanks to them, the reader can easily find the content that interests him, he does not have to read the entire content, but he can, for example, read the research results right away.

For the text to be even more readable it must be divided into relatively horizontal thematic blocks, i.e. chapters and sub-chapters. Each chapter thoroughly discusses one issue.

Bachelor’s chapters


Bachelor’s thesis is less extensive than a master thesis, it has 30-50 pages. As a rule, it consists of a theoretical and research part. It is worth devoting approximately the same space to each part. However, it’s common sense. You can divide a 30-page text into equal 2 chapters – one theoretical, the other one is research, but just as well the work can consist of 3.

If the work is longer, for example, it has 50 pages, then it can be divided into 3.4 or even 5 chapters, each of 10-16 pages. In addition, there should be about 3-4 subchapters in each chapter.

  • Example:
  • Admission…
  • Chapter 1…
  • Section 1.1 …
  • Section 1.2 …
  • subsection 1.3 …
  • Chapter 2 …
  • Section 2.1 …
  • Section 2.2 …
  • Subsection 2.3 …
  • ………………….
  • End…
  • Bibliography
  • Annex

Master’s thesis chapters


Here, the principle is the same as in the case of a bachelor thesis, except that the master’s thesis should be longer – from 60 to 80 pages. The optional division of the content also includes 4 chapters (2 theoretical and 2 research), each of about 15 pages.

Promoters do not like when the individual thematic blocks differ significantly in the number of pages. Differences of +/- 2 pages are allowed in each sub-chapter. The work loses its quality and becomes chaotic when it is uneven, i.e. the first chapter, for example, occupies 20 pages, and the next only 7.

Works in which the first chapter is divided into 10 subchapters, and the second one only in third, also look bad. Pay more attention to the number of chapters, but to maintain the proportions.