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LaTeX thesis template

There are lots of LaTeX thesis templates available on the internet, but they are not all simple to use nor are they suited to every institution or discipline. I used this one for my Earth Sciences PhD thesis and it meets the requirements for a PhD thesis at the University of Bristol (as of January 2015). You can view samples of the page types below.

You can download all parts of the template using this link to a folder which contains the following items:

*thesis_template.tex updated 21/01/14 with MiKTeX workaround

  • thesis_template.tex – main thesis template [required for the template to work]
  • chapter_template.tex – individual chapter template [required]
  • custom_com_template.tex – custom commands template [optional]
  • uob_crest.png  – University of Bristol crest image for the front cover [optional!]

If you’ve used LaTeX before it should be fairly straightforward (if not, learn! It’s worth it in the end). Just note that you need to Typeset using thesis_template.tex because chapters are included files, and not standalone documents. I’ve included lots of comments to try and explain all the code but if you have a question, do ask.

The template has evolved from a version that was originally created by James Darling and underwent subsequent revisions by James Rae and Jenny Riker before me, and they definitely deserve most of the credit (though any mistakes are my own).

LaTeX thesis writing tips:

  • Organise your folder structure early on because will save hours of pain later. Something like this will do the job:

    Recommended folder structure for LaTeX thesis compilation. Rectangles are folders; circles are files.
    Recommended folder structure for LaTeX thesis compilation. Rectangles are folders; circles are files.
  • Have one single references file and call into documents using the file path where you need it for other things. Do the same for custom command files.
  • Don’t use spaces in file or folder names.
  • Get into the habit of making images as .eps or .tiff – both are preferred by journals and it will save you having to convert or remake figures