Dissertation & Thesis Preparation

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 publicly 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 material:  "Supplementary material" refers to material that cannot be included in the PDF of your thesis. It usually consists of electronic material such as audio/video files or data files. It must be relevant to the subject matter of your thesis. See Submitting Supplementary Material at the bottom of Final Dissertation & Thesis Submission for information.