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UBC Research Commons: Thesis Formatting

Booking an One-on-One Consultation

For more personalized assistance, you can request to book a one-on-one consultation with one of our grad student assistants for any of the following services:

  • Citation Management
  • GIS
  • NVivo
  • SPSS, R, Python, LaTeX
  • Thesis Formatting

Please note this is NOT a drop-in service. You must book an appointment using the Consultation Request button below.

The Consultation Request form provides the possible times for each type of service.


For assistance with literature and systematic reviews, research data, etc. contact the liaison librarian for your subject.

Thesis Formatting Support Services

Need help with formatting your thesis? The Research Commons provides a thesis template and how-to guides, plus in-person help during our workshops or one-on-one consultations. We cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the basic Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements for formatting and thesis submission
  • Implementing the formatting requirements using Microsoft Word (PC or Mac)
  • Using our Microsoft Word thesis template (PC or Mac)
  • Troubleshooting formatting problems in Microsoft Word

Thesis Formatting Template

Resources for Preparing your Thesis

Thesis Formatting FAQs

This document provides answers to the most common questions UBC Graduate Students have when completing their thesis.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Word


These guides show useful trips and tricks for using Word on either the PC or MAC platform.

Annotated Thesis Templates

These documents are annotated versions of the UBC thesis template to show you how to use the template in context. There are PC and MAC versions.

Resources for Checking and Preparation

These lists are designed to help you check the formatting of your thesis. Review these documents early in the writing process and use them to check your work before you submit your thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Workshop Materials

Handouts and resources used in our Thesis Formatting Workshops are listed below. Questions? Please contact us.

How are we doing? Let us know!

Did you attend one of our workshops or have a one-on-one consultation with a member of our team? We'd love to get your feedback!


Formatting Your Thesis: Tips and Tricks

Check out the full schedule for our upcoming workshops above. 

Worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word?

Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more!

As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.


Submitting Your Thesis Workshop
We highly recommend a related workshop: Submitting Your Thesis, presented by Graduate and PostGraduate Studies. Check the G+PS event calendar for dates and times.