I am doing my PhD in an europe university and they have almost no requirements about the thesis formatting. I choosed the following outline:

  1. Titlepage
  2. Acknowledgment
  3. Content
  4. Chapter 1 - Chapter 3
  5. Summary
  6. Bibliography
  7. Declaration

Now I wonder, is there a commen position for the declaration page (such as the first page after the title page or so?).

My declaration pages states that I did the work by myself and have not handed in the dissertation elsewhere.

I am a bit surprised, because in all so far viewed phd thesis I didn't find a declaration at all. Is this often taken out befor the thesis is published online?

  • What's the content of the declaration page? (And why do you put the abstract after the content?) Sep 9, 2015 at 11:25
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    What does your adviser think? We don't know what a "declaration" is in this context. @StephanKolassa I imagine OP means "Table of contents"
    – Cape Code
    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:32
  • Mine comes right after the title page, but I checked my (UK) university regulations and they also don't specify where it should be.
    – blmoore
    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:33
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    My (UK) university regulations stipulated that it should come after any dedication or acknowledgements, but before the table of contents. Sep 9, 2015 at 12:11
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    they have almost no requirements about the thesis, but you are not the first PhD student in that university, right? I would suggest you to go to the university library and check how other PhD students in the past wrote their theses. Also check this with your advisor.
    – Nobody
    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:37

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Not every university demands such a declaration (e.g., stating that it is your own work, and all external sources have been properly cited, referenced, and acknowledged). I had one in my master thesis, but not in my PhD thesis (performed at a different university). Just follow the university rules. If they demand a declaration, then typically there is a verbatim text that you have to put in.

If your university does not prescribe where it should come, but does demand that you have a declaration, then you are free to put it anywhere. It is, however, wise to follow the convention of your university, and put it where others have put it. As @scaaahu indicated, you can go to the library and look what others did.

(Btw, I have seen it typically somewhere at the beginning.)

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