Dissertation & Thesis Preparation

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not able to do pre-reviews at this time due to the number of theses being submitted for the end of term. If you are submitting your final thesis, it will be reviewed after you have submitted to cIRcle. Exception: Doctoral dissertations going out to external examiners will be reviewed, but please allow five business days for a response.
HOLIDAY HOURS: UBC and this office will be CLOSED from December 24 to January 2 2019.

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.

Your completed thesis is a published and archived document that will be a reflection of you and your work at the university. Given that your thesis will be publically available for years to come, it’s important for it to be both presentable and professional. Once you have submitted your thesis, you cannot make changes to it.

Following these 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:

Supplementary materials:  Supplementary materials must be relevant to the thesis work and consist of electronic material or multimedia that cannot easily be included in the PDF of your thesis. If you wish to submit multimedia or other supplementary materials, please contact graduate.thesis@ubc.ca for details about the requirements.