Your dissertation or thesis should have a title page - it'll look something like the one here (taken from one held at the Solent Electronic Archive 'for reference only').
Figure 2: Example title page
Your faculty should provide you with a standard Solent University dissertation/thesis cover. This has a rectangular hole or ‘window’ through which it should be possible to read the following details from the title page:
- The award for which the project is submitted
- The academic year of submission
- The name of the author
- The title of the work
You have to position the window carefully in the centre of the page. You could create a moveable text box on the page in order to do that, or you could use the template which has the window positioned correctly.
Other information that may appear on the title page but outside of the window space may include:
- Southampton Solent University
- The name of your faculty
- The name of your supervisor
- The date of presentation
Check with your faculty/tutor for their preferences.
The title page is the front page of your dissertation and here you state the title, your name and the names of your supervisors. You can put an illustration or picture on the title page since your dissertation or thesis must, of course, also look good.
Creating a dissertation title page in Word
It is very easy to create a title page in Word. You can do this using one of the examples that Word has already made for you. This is handy, because you don’t have to spend a lot of time on the layout of the title page. You can insert a title page by going to the ‘INSERT’ tab on the toolbar and clicking on ‘Cover Page’.
Title page templates in Word
Example title page 1
Example title page 2
Illustration or photo on your dissertation title page
A good illustration really makes your dissertation come to life. You can use stock photos for this. These are high-resolution photos that look very professional. You can download high-quality stock photos for free on the following websites:
With abstract topics it is often difficult to find a suitable image. In this case, you could add a tag cloud to your title page. You can have this made (for free) by WordClouds.
If you have a lot of information you want to put on your title page, and you do not want to ruin the design of your title page, you can decide to add an information page. Sometimes an information page is required by your educational program.