Thesis Basics

Please review this section thoroughly.

Thesis Tips

The Handbook of Graduate Supervision has useful information and comments from other students about the thesis writing process from start to finish.

Alternate Languages

Theses must be written in English or, with the approval of the graduate program, in French.

If you are a student in a language program (e.g. Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies) you may write your thesis in that language, provided the following requirements are met:

  • You obtain approval from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in advance.
  • You submit an English translation of the title.
  • Your thesis or dissertation has an abstract in English or French.
  • *Your final doctoral exam is conducted in English.

*The Final Doctoral Examination is a public event at UBC, and as such will be conducted in English. The Candidate's oral proficiency in the language of the examination must be adequate for full communication between the Examination Committee and the Candidate. For theses in language programs, some questions can be posed or answered in the language concerned, provided the Examination Committee can follow proceedings (by translation if necessary) in this other language.

Personal Information

Please ensure that you remove all personal information from your thesis, e.g. email address, mailing or home address, etc. You must remove or black out all signatures in your thesis.