Almost every university has its own rules concerning formatting a thesis, many of them based in a era of typewriter preparation. This makes it difficult to provide a “universal” template, even for one subject area. However, there are useful on-line resources for writing a thesis. Nicola Talbot’s Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis is particularly recommended for general advice on getting started. Another good general guide, including a generic template, is maintained by Sunil Patel.
Some universities, and often particular departments, give either guidance or templates for LaTeX users. Some of these are more official than others!
- Edinburgh University
- Imperial College
- University of Cambridge (generic template)
- University of Durham (not currently maintained)
- University of Liverpool
- University of Oxford
- University of Southampton (including a number of templates for different reports, such as undergraduate projects, Masters and so on)
- University of Sussex
- University of Warwick