NOTE: As of July 17, 2018, pre-reviews are no longer mandatory for doctoral dissertations immediately prior to submission for the external examiner.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is happy to review your thesis early in its preparation to ensure that you're on the right track. It's a good idea to get a pre-review when your thesis is nearly ready for examination, so that you have time to make any formatting changes in advance of corrections required by your committee or examiners.

Theses are only reviewed in PDF format, and they are reviewed in the order in which they're received.

UBCO students: For pre-reviews and information, please contact:

Theses are reviewed electronically:

Email a PDF of your thesis to

  • Include your name and student number
  • Tell us whether you're requesting a review of a thesis in progress or immediately prior to submission for external examination (mandatory for doctoral students)

We will respond by email.

If your thesis is too large for you to send by email, please send using FTP, Dropbox, or similar file transfer system.

Theses are reviewed electronically only during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

It is your responsibility to submit your thesis for review well in advance of deadlines (3 - 5 days is recommended) in order to allow yourself time to make changes if necessary.

Important: It is your responsibility to proofread your thesis carefully. The thesis team checks theses to ensure they meet the formatting requirements, focusing on the preliminary pages. If staff notice egregious mistakes elsewhere in a thesis they may require them to be corrected in the interest of ensuring a professional presentation of the work.