Thesis Information

Formatting of Thesis

The FGSR Minimum Thesis Formatting Requirements document establishes the minimum academic criteria for master's and doctoral theses. These specifications ensure your thesis is compatible with the standards of the University of Alberta Libraries and Library and Archives Canada (National Library).

The Department of Medicine does not specify additional formatting requirements. 

MSc Thesis

The Department of Medicine expects that the MSc thesis will be comprised of enough work to fill at least 1 scientific manuscript. This work may be published or should be worthy of publication.

PhD Thesis

The Department of Medicine expects that the PhD thesis will be comprised of enough work to fill at least 3 scientific manuscripts. This work may be published or should be worthy of publication. These projects should be unified into one cohesive document.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How should I incorporate a published paper in the thesis, when other individuals have contributed to this paper?
    • A: The entire paper should be included with the appropriate acknowledgements, rather than removing the portions that you did not complete. Such a work should only be included if you had a significant contribution.
  • My thesis contains some published and some unpublished works. Is it necessary for me to write an abstract and bibliography for each unpublished chapter?
    • A: This is at the discretion of you and your supervisory committee. In addition to any references provided at the conclusion of each manuscript, FGSR also requires that a bibliography be included for the entire thesis document. This may result in the duplication of some references.
  • Can my thesis have one overarching methodology chapter, or should each chapter have its own methodology section?
    • A: This is at the discretion of you and your supervisory committee.