EDOC General Guidelines for the Doctoral Thesis

Before you begin

This page provides information and advice about the preparation of your thesis at EPFL.

Before going further, it is essential that you consult the legal requirements, particularly those concerning the format and deadlines that are in the internal instructions (see the menu on the right side).

Keep in mind that your thesis will be produced in close collaboration with your thesis director. It is important to take time to discuss your ideas with him / her about the content and layout of this document.

Finally, take a few minutes to review the internal instructions provided by the Repro, which will bring vital information for the printing of your thesis.

The front page

Please note that the front page (“page de garde”) of your thesis will be generated automatically by the Registrar’s Office using data contained on IS-Academia. This includes the title of your thesis, the members of your jury, your affiliations, etc.

Except for use with the draft versions of your thesis, there is no need to compose a formal first page.

Content order

Most of the content of your thesis document (front page, contents page, list of figures etc.) is covered by the Internal Regulations. You should ensure that you have included all the required elements, and that you discuss the whole with your thesis director.

Content and bookmarks

In an effort to optimize your PFD file, it must have bookmarks to each main section, in the following order.

  1. The front page (“page de garde”)
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Preface by another author (often the thesis director)
  4. Summary
  5. Table of contents
  6. List of figures, tables and symbols
  7. Body of the thesis
  8. Appendices
  9. Bibliography
  10. Glossary
  11. Index
  12. Photographic credits (list of photos used with the names of the copyright holders)
  13. Curriculum Vitae

Please, verify that each bookmark links its location properly. The official front page (“page de garde”), which will be added by the Repro, is not bookmarked.

When you’re ready to publish

The Bibliothèque has all the necessary information on publication of your thesis: check the sub-menu on their thesis page for advice on submission, copyright, and on-demand publishers.

Training courses

If you would like help in preparing for your oral exam and public defence, you can sign up for a special course with CAPE.