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Theses and Dissertations: Thesis Preparation


For questions about theses, please contact (as appropriate):

Questions about archiving:

Questions about formatting:

Questions about writing, editing and proofreading:

  • Contact the for an appointment where a dedicated Writing Coach will give you feedback.

Formatting Your Citations

Various citation styles are available. Your faculty thesis or dissertation advisor will determine the appropriate style for your work.

If you are using MS Word, one of citation managers  (Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero ) can simplify the task of gathering, organizing, and formatting your references in almost any popular style. The Library is providing training and help in using citation managers. KAUST has an account with Endnote, available to all Kaust students. 




The Doctoral and Masters with thesis degrees are conferred by KAUST in recognition of high scholarly achievement, including the completion of approved courses of study, examinations, and the submission of a dissertation or thesis. Moreover, candidates pursue original work in a dissertation or thesis, and for some programs, defend it in an oral examination by the faculty. 


The information provided on this Library guide should help candidates fulfill the requirements of the university, but if there are any questions, please contact your Thesis Advisor, your GPC, the Registrar, or the Library, as appropriate.

Preparing Your Thesis or Dissertation

Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

Download the current edition of the KAUST Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines by clicking the link below.

This guide has been prepared by KAUST Graduate Affairs to assist students in the preparation of theses or dissertations. The requirements in this guide apply to all theses or dissertations to facilitate their preparation and distribution, and to assure preservation of the archival copy. Individual divisions may dictate more specific requirements.

The thesis or dissertation must be prepared in accordance with the instructions given here and must be complete. Rewriting and changes will be necessary if the specifications are not met. The degree will not be officially awarded until the dissertation or thesis is presented in satisfactory form, approved by Advisor and Dean, and deposited in the Library’s Research Repository.

Template and sample pages

This LaTeX template and the sample pages PDF are intended to assist students with their thesis or dissertation preparation; however, responsibility for conforming with the KAUST guidelines ultimately rests with the student.


Connect your ORCID ID to your Thesis or Dissertation

 Let us know your ORCID iD at: (KAUST Intranet)

For more details about ORCID check out:

LaTeX with Overleaf

Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of academic writing, editing, and publishing much quicker and easier. 

The University Library now provides free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.

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