General instructions on the writing of a thesis can be found on the Graduate Studies Website. Please note that Ph.D. students are required to list the names of the members of the Examining Committee in the thesis, following the Table of Contents. The Defence Chair will confirm that members are accurately listed.


If research papers based on your work are published before submission of the thesis, then you may need to obtain permission from the publisher to include this material in your thesis. It may be more efficient to request permission at the time of publication.

If the thesis is designed as a collection of publishable papers, it must still have overall Abstract, Introduction, and Conclusion sections in order to meet Graduate Studies regulations. A master reference list, rather than separate lists for individual chapters, is strongly recommended.