Structure of UBC Theses and Dissertations

On March 18 2010, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Graduate Council endorsed new guidelines for structure and format of UBC theses and dissertations that were more flexible than the previous structures of either a traditional or a manuscript-based thesis.

These guidelines have now been amended to focus on the academic criteria describing a thesis, leaving the choice of how to structure the content to the student and supervisory committee.

In particular, the guidelines now describe the elements that must be taken into consideration when including published material in a thesis, without mandating a structure for inclusion. This clearly allows for creation of manuscript-based theses provided the academic criteria are met.

Please review the following sections carefully:

Scope of a Doctoral Dissertation

Structure of a UBC Thesis or Dissertation

Including Published Material in a Thesis or Dissertation

NOTE: If you are planning to produce a non-print thesis, you must consult with the Faculty of Graduate Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies early in the process to ensure that the format is acceptable. Please email graduate.thesis@ubc.ca to arrange an appointment.