Layout of the thesis


A common cover with the logotype and Avancez-emblem exists for all thesis and reports at Chalmers.

In those cases where a doctoral student is defending a thesis within an agreement of a double doctoral degree between Chalmers and a foreign partner university, the logotype and image of the foreign university should be placed on the cover of the report below the logotype of Chalmers, as well as on the back of the report.

On the title page the logotype of the other university should be placed to the right of Chalmers logotype, centred on the page.

Chalmers repro service will help you to design the cover and make it print-ready.

You can post the manuscript to Reproservice to allow the cover to be printed.

The recommended format is G5 (169x239 mm). Format A4 (210x297 mm) could, however, be suitable if the articles, publications and/or pictures to be reproduced are too small in G5.

The paper original for printing should be A4 format, which is then reduced to G5 (to 80%) at the printers.

Front cover
The following details must always be included on the cover:

  • The title of the thesis, which should not be too long.
  • Possible subtitle.
  • The forename and surname of the author.
  • The department (equivalent).
  • Chalmers University of Technology.
  • The publication location (Göteborg or Göteborg, Sweden) and the year of publication.

In addition, the front page should preferably have an illustration which symbolises the content. An explanatory caption for the illustration could be included on the printing location page.

The title of the thesis (may not be abbreviated), the name of the author, Chalmers and the year of publication should, if possible, be printed on the spine of the dissertation.

Back cover
On the back cover there should be a popular scientific description of the content (applicable for graduate students admitted after September 1, 2012).

Thesis and original for printing
Certain introductory pages must be laid out according to the enclosed example in pdf-format. It should be noted that certain details and text are compulsory on the introductory pages as stated below.

The original for the dissertation should be printed neatly on white paper in A4-format. This is then reduced to G5 (to 80%) at the printers. The print-out should be on one side of the paper only and correctly paginated (odd page numbers are always on the right-hand side in the document). It could be advisable for practical reasons not to paginate the first pages in the normal way from 1 and instead use Roman numerals I, II, III etc. Begin normal pagination from, for example, Summary or from Chapter 1.

Articles or publications that are to be reproduced in a compilation thesis should be the original (or an off-print), not copies. Screened photographs must have a screen density of approximately 85 lines/inch, which is approximately 110 lines/inch after being reduced. Unscreened photographs must be submitted separately, not pasted on an original page.

An original can also be submitted as a computer file. If you do so you must submit files to Reproservice converted to pdf-format in Acrobat together with a paper copy for checking. If you have any queries, you may contact Reproservice, extension 8011 or 8000. Other printing companies can accept other file formats although files in MS Word format should be avoided.

Title page
See example
First page after the inside cover:

  • At the top of the page it must state 'Thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy'.
  • Title of the thesis.
  • Possible subtitle.
  • Forename and surname of the author.
  • Name of the department.
  • Chalmers University of Technology.
  • Publication location Göteborg (or Göteborg, Sweden) and the year of publication
Word template title page

Printing location page
See example
The printing location page (= the reverse of the title page) must contain all the details required to search for the report. This should include:

  • Title.
  • Author.
  • © Forename and surname of the author, the year the report was first published.
  • (The copyright symbol has no legal significance in Sweden, although in certain countries it could be a precondition for ensuring that the work and its translation are protected.)
  • ISBN xxx-xx-xxxx-xxx-x
  • Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola, Ny series nr xxxx' (in Swedish).
  • ISSN 0346-718X
  • Address, fax etc. to facilitate ordering.
  • The name of the printing company. (If the report is not printed but copied at your department, your department's name should be stated instead of the printing company.)
  • The printing location and printing year.
  • (If the thesis is also part of another series of reports this must be stated on the printing location page. State the organisation responsible for publication (e.g. the name of the university and the university department), the name of the report series, the ISSN and the number of the report.)
  • It could sometimes also be appropriate on the printing location page to include details of, for example; special financing sources, bodies that have been involved in co-operation and so on.
  • Captions for any pictures on the cover page.
  • The names of any photographers or illustrators.
Word template printing location page

Abstract page
See example
Third page. The abstract must:

  • Be written in English.
  • Contain the name of the thesis, possible subtitle, name of the author, department and 'Chalmers University of Technology'.
  • If the dissertation is written in Swedish this should also be stated.
  • Be concise and restrict the length to around 250 words and no more than 350 words.
  • Provide a brief, easily understood overview of the essential content of the thesis (problems, methods, results).
  • Write in accordance with the international norms for the subject area in question.
  • Conclude with a maximum of ten key words of significance for computerised information systems.
  • It must be possible for the abstract to fit on one page. The back (= fourth page) is empty or can have a translation into Swedish of the abstract. The English abstract must be printed both in the thesis and on the back of the loose defence sheet (see below).

Summary page
See example
Where relevant, this should be the fifth page. In the case of compilation theses this page is included in the works, essays and articles on which the thesis is based.

There must be an introductory explanation, e.g. 'This thesis is based on the work contained in the following papers.

List of contents
Normally the fifth page onwards. The list of contents must provide a good overview of the content and arrangement of the thesis.

If the thesis is written in Swedish it should contain a summary in English. This Summary should not be confused with an abstract or with the summarising essay in a compilation thesis.

Other pages
These can be arranged more freely - for example Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction etc. - although the arrangement must follow the norms for a clear report.

Defence title sheet
See example
The defence title sheet must be printed separately and placed loose in the thesis. The format should be A5 (148x210 mm). The original can be printed on A4, which is then reduced to A5 at the printers.

The front page can be written in English or Swedish and must contain:

  • The Chalmers logotype.
  • The title of the thesis.
  • Possible subtitle.
  • The forename and surname of the author.
  • Text as follows: 'Thesis to be defended in public on [date and time] at [venue and address] for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.'
  • The language in which the defence is to be conducted.
  • The faculty opponent: [name and workplace]
  • The name in Swedish of the department and school.
  • Address and telephone number.
  • The Chalmers emblem.
Word template defence title sheet

An abstract in English, the same as in thesis, must be printed on the back of the sheet. The defence title sheet is a cheap way of disseminating information to a wider circle about the results presented in the thesis. Those who are interested can then order the full thesis.

Other information
Design Manual

Published: Thu 19 Sep 2019.