Thesis Formatting Policy and Guidelines

  • Review your Department or School’s thesis and dissertation style requirements.  Departments may have additional requirements specific to their discipline. It is your responsibility to know the deadlines specific to your department and whether or not special organization and formatting are required.
  • Do not email your thesis/dissertation document.  You can use UBC’s Fileshare to share your document before or during the consultation. 
  • Use previous student theses only as guidance, but not as templates as formatting guides requirements can change. 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure copyright permissions for any previously published articles.  Please contact UBC Copyright for questions or clarification.
  • The Research Commons does not provide support for templates, including LaTeX.  The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G&PS) has maintained resources for unofficial thesis templates using LaTeX and LyX. Please click here for more information.
  • The Research Commons does not provide writing support.  For help, contact the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communications.
  • For other questions, contact Allan Cho, Research Commons Librarian, 

The Library DOES NOT review the following:  

  • Research content (e.g. copyright, plagiarism, etc.)
  • Structure of the thesis (e.g. the number of chapters, word count, etc.)
  • Writing content (e.g., spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, etc.)  
  • Reference style (e.g., in-text citations, reference list or bibliography items, etc.)