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About to do this PhD thesis here - but am not really satisfied with my layout. Could somebody point me to some interesting layouts, templates or whatever?

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Check the regulations before going too wild/creative. Some universities are strict about the formatting. – Dave Clarke Aug 11 '12 at 9:38
Absolutely follow David Clarke's advice. I had to write my thesis inside a template file that I was given by my institution. – Ben Norris Aug 11 '12 at 12:20
Try the Latex template we've applied in our Research Group. As it is a sourceforge project, you can modify, and suggest further improvements. – Ivan Machado Oct 31 '12 at 20:49
Sharelatex seems to provide a variety of different thesis formats from different universities. Many formats are available here. – Ravi Kiran Nov 9 '13 at 2:18

Use the one that is provided by your institution. The formatting guidelines are not "guidelines", but are instead "requirements" that are checked by someone who deeply cares about them. So you should use a template that has successfully been used in the past at your institution. If you do otherwise, you are setting yourself up for a lot of formatting work. All of that said, University of Oregon's style file, which I used for my degree there, may be found here:

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I agree with the recommendation that using an existing package/style file is the best way forward because this will save lots of time fiddling with style. However, I don't agree with the sentiment expressed that one should follow the ``house'' style because somebody in the home institution deeply cares for it. Usually the house style is enforced by people who don't care about/haven't got a clue about typography. I'd aslo be surprised if they care to check. I suggest you contact your thesis adviser if you want to use a non-standard style and use it if they're happy. – Marc van Dongen Aug 12 '12 at 17:45
At least in some institutions margins, double-spacing, font, headers, ... are indeed requirements, and are checked by people who don't know anything about typography, but who will require compliance and send it back... – paul garrett Aug 12 '12 at 22:13
Incidentally, who is it inside a university that really cares about the thesis format? Obsessive-compulsive librarians? – Federico Poloni Aug 13 '12 at 16:25
@FedericoPoloni +1 for that. – Marc van Dongen Aug 13 '12 at 17:15
I wish my university had guidelines, would save me a lot of time on deciding how to make things look. – gerrit Nov 2 '12 at 14:00

The following are all LaTeX related.

I really like Uggedal's thesis design. You may download the sources from

Other starting points are Andre Miede's classicthesis and Lorenzo Pantieri's classicthesis packages.

    author    = {Miede, Andr{\'e}},
    title     = {The Classic Thesis Style},
    keywords  = {latex},
    date      = {2010-01-24},

    author    = {Pantieri, Lorenzo},
    title     = {Customizing \texttt{classicthesis}
                  with the \texttt{arsclassica} Package},
    keywords  = {latex},
    date     = {2010},
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I love classic thesis. I am forking a version of that code for my own dissertation. – Shion Feb 9 '14 at 19:25

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