A dissertation acknowledgment is not usually required as part of your thesis, but it is a good idea to include it in order to thank everyone who lent you professional help with your work. The word “professional” is important here. The acknowledgments section is not for thanking your family and friends (you may do this on the dedication page); but for your advisors, professors, and colleagues.
In terms of style, acknowledgments are probably the easiest part to write. While in the rest of your dissertation you have to use academic language like technical and scientific terms, here you can write in simple words. However, there are some things you should know about composing this section:
For your acknowledgments page; use the same font size, type, and spacing as used throughout the main body of your dissertation. In general, it should look something like this: a centered capitalized title called “ACKNOWLEDGMENTS”, and two or three paragraphs beginning with “I thank (name) for…” However, the exact requirements may vary between universities. For example, there is no universal answer on whether you should write your acknowledgments in the first person (“I”) or in the third (“the author”). The way to be sure is to search your university library for specific guidelines and the examples of previously submitted dissertations. It may also be a good idea to consult your supervisor.
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