Dissertation & Thesis Preparation

NOTE: The Faculty of Graduate Studies will close at noon on December 23 and re-open on January 2 at 8:30 a.m. If your thesis is approved in cIRcle by 4:00 on Friday January 6 and all other degree requirements are complete, your program end date will be December 31st 2016 and you will not be assessed fees for the January term.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not able to do pre-reviews of final submissions at this time due to the number of theses being submitted for the current deadlines.
If you are submitting your final thesis, it will be reviewed after you have submitted to cIRcle. This does NOT apply to doctoral dissertations being reviewed prior to submission for external examination.


Note on terminology: The term "thesis" in this section of the website is used collectively to refer to both master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Final versions of all UBC theses must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and must conform to the specifications given here. There are two reasons for this:

  • To comply with the technical requirements of the UBC Library and Library and Archives Canada.
  • To ensure that UBC theses and dissertations are consistent, professional, and of the highest quality.

Following the specifications from the start will make your final submission easy.

Note: If you would like an exception to any of these specifications, please contact the Thesis Section well in advance of your final submission to determine whether or not this is acceptable.

Important: All theses will be freely available electronically through the UBC Library website and the Library and Archives Canada website shortly after submission.

There are several resources to assist with thesis preparation and checking. We recommend you look at the sample thesis:

NOTE: Information on inclusion of supplementary materials and multimedia will be coming shortly. In the meantime, if you wish to include multimedia or supplementary materials in or with your thesis, you must contact graduate.thesis@ubc.ca to find out the requirements.