How to Add Your Thesis Information to Your Resume

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Obtaining a master’s or doctorate degree is an outstanding achievement that can make you more competitive in the job market. After you’ve spent years conducting research and crafting your thesis, you may be wondering if adding this information to your resume can help you find a job. In this article, we explain when it’s beneficial to mention your thesis on your resume and provide an example to show you how to add this information.

What is a thesis?

A thesis, sometimes known as a dissertation, is a research paper that a candidate submits to fulfill the requirements for an academic degree. A thesis demonstrates a candidate’s expert knowledge of a specific topic within their field of study. Theses on scientific topics often involve an experimental research project, whereas a humanities thesis typically consists of an extended analysis of a topic. Regardless of the field of study, a thesis needs to contain:

  • A thesis statement

  • A mention of literature that has bearing on the current research

  • An explanation of the methods and materials the candidate will employ

  • The results and findings of the candidate’s research

Related: How to Write a Thesis

When should you put your thesis information on your resume?

Although you typically want to include all of your qualifications on your resume, it’s not always necessary to mention your thesis. Here are a few examples of situations in which you may want to do so, however:

  • You’ve recently completed your studies: If you’ve recently completed your studies and haven’t had the opportunity to gain much professional experience, consider adding your thesis information to your resume. Doing so will provide a hiring manager with valuable information concerning your skills and knowledge.

  • It’s relevant to the positions you’re applying for: If the topic of your thesis and your field of research in general are relevant to the position you’re applying for, you should definitely mention your thesis on your resume. For instance, if you’re applying for a position as a cancer research scientist and your thesis was on the role of nutrition in cancer treatment, your thesis research is relevant and you should provide detailed information.

  • You’re applying for another degree: If you’ve concluded your master’s degree and are applying for a PhD program, you should add details regarding your master’s thesis on your resume.

  • Transferrable skills: Even if your thesis topic may not have direct relevance to the position you’re applying for, you can include details regarding your research if you think that it involves transferable skills that pertain to the role you’re applying for.

  • You’re applying for a postdoctoral research position: You’ll want to include details about your thesis when you’re applying for a postdoctoral research position, as you’ll typically continue with the research you did for your master’s and doctoral theses during a postdoc.

How to include your thesis information on your resume

Here are a few guidelines you can follow for assistance when you’re adding your thesis information to your resume:

1. List your thesis information in the Education section

You should add details regarding your thesis in the Education section. The information you can supply when listing a qualification is:

  • The name of the quali fication

  • The name of the institution

  • The location of the institution

  • Start and end dates

  • Your GPA, if 3.5 or above, or a grading of Merit or Distinction

  • Thesis title and a brief synopsis

  • The name and title of your advisor

  • Any achievements or accolades, such as scholarships

The level of detail you supply when listing your qualifications depends on the position you’re applying for. If the thesis topic relates directly to the position, you can add more detail, such as a short synopsis and the name of your supervisor. Conversely, if your thesis topic has no direct bearing on the position you’re applying for, mentioning the qualification you’ve completed should be enough information.

2. List your research projects in the experience section

If you conducted research projects during your master’s or doctorate coursework that involved extensive fieldwork or laboratory work, you can add this information in the Experience section of your resume. You can create a subheading that reads Research Experience underneath the Experience heading and list this information here. Information you can add includes:

  • The name of the research project, the job title or the name of the department

  • The name of the institution

  • The name and title of your supervisor

  • Start and end dates

  • Relevant duties and responsibilities

Read more: How to Put Research on Your Resume (With Examples)

3. Add relevant skills to the Skills section

Remember to add relevant skills that you’ve gained through your thesis research in the Skills section. These can include hard skills, such as “proficient in various genetic engineering software packages,” and also soft skills, such as “effective teamwork.”

Tips to remember

Here are a few useful tips to remember when you’re adding your thesis information to your resume:

  • Add only relevant information: A resume is a concise document that’s typically no longer than two pages. This means that you only need to add information that directly relates to the position you’re applying for.

  • List either the Education or Experience section first: If you’ve recently completed your studies, hiring managers will understand that you may not have gained much work experience. For this reason, you can list your Education section before the Experience section. However, if around three or more years have passed since you’ve completed your studies, the Experience section should precede the Education section.

  • Use reverse chronological order: When you’re adding your qualifications in the Education section and your experiences in the Experience section, you should use reverse chronological order. This means that you’ll start with your most recent qualification or research experiences first. Doing so makes it easier for the reader to gauge quickly whether your recent qualifications and experiences are relevant to the position.

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Template you can use when adding your thesis to your resume

If you’re wondering about the format you should use when you’re adding your thesis details to your resume, you can consult this template for guidance:

EDUCATION
[Qualification], [Field of study], [Start and end dates]
[Name of institution], [Location]
Thesis title: [Provide the title of the thesis]
Supervisor: [Add the name and title of your supervisor]
[Provide a brief synopsis of your thesis]
Academic achievements: [Add any academic achievements and accolades]

EXPERIENCE
Research Experience
[Department], [Name of institution], [Start and end dates]
Supervisor: [Add the name and title of your supervisor]
[Add a short description of what the research project was about and then list some of your main responsibilities]

  • [Responsibility]

SKILLS

  • [Relevant skill]

Example of how to add your thesis information

Here’s an example of how you can add your thesis information to your resume:

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Microbiology, 2017 – 2019
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
*Thesis topic: “Antibiotic resistance: How drug misuse in livestock farming is affecting human health.”*
*Supervisor: Prof. S. Santos*
This study explores the complex relationship between antibiotic resistance in humans and animal health, the environment and food production.

*Academic achievements
Alan Parsons Full Scholarship*

*Master of Science, Microbiology, 2015 – 2016
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities*
*GPA: 3.7*
*Thesis topic: “A study of the influence of environmental factors on the development of antibiotic resistance.”*
*Supervisor: Prof. C. Jones*
Antibiotic resistance is a growing healthcare concern. In this thesis, the impact of environmental factors on the transmission of resistant bacteria and the emergence of resistance genes is explored.

EXPERIENCE
Research Experience
*Microbiology Department, University of Minnesota, 2017 – 2019
Supervisor: Prof. S. Santos*
Worked as a research assistant in Prof. Santos’ team, which involved researching drug use and misuse in livestock. During this research project I had the following responsibilities:

  • Visited multiple livestock farms to collect samples and information

  • Conducted experiments, which involved complex techniques and equipment

  • Mentored master’s students

  • Published various research papers

SKILLS

  • The ability to collaborate with other researchers

  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • In-depth knowledge of microbiology analysis software and equipment

By Mihret Russo
Mihret Russo