A LaTeX template for thesis, dissertations and similar monograph-like documents

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The “novathesis” LaTeX template is an Open Source project for writing thesis, dissertations, and other monograph-like documents.

The “novathesis” LaTeX template…

This work is licensed under the LaTeX Project Public License v1.3c. To view a copy of this license, visit the LaTeX project public license.

Getting Started

With a Local LaTeX Installation

See below for alternatives to a local LaTeX installation

  1. Download LaTeX:
  2. Download “novathesis” by either:
  3. Compile the document with you favorite LaTeX processor (pdfLaTeX, XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX):
    • The main file is named “template.tex”.
    • Either load it in your favorite LaTeX text editor or compile it in the terminal with latexmk -pdf template.
    • If Murphy is elsewhere, LaTeX will create the file “template.pdf”, which you may open with your favorite PDF viewer.
  4. Edit the files in the “Config” folder:
    • 1_novathesis.tex” — configure the document type, your school, etc
    • 2_biblatex.tex” — configure the bibliography
    • 3a_degree_phd.tex” — if you are writing a PhD thesis configure your degree here
    • 3b_degree_msc.tex” — if you are writing a MSc dissertation configure your degree here
    • 3c_degree_other.tex” — otherwise configure your document type here
    • 4_department.tex” — configure your Department name here
    • 5_cover.tex” — configure cover contents here (e.g., author’s name, thesis/dissertation title, etc)
    • 6_files.tex” — add here the the files for chapters, appendices, annexes, etc…
    • 7_packages.tex” — add here your additional packages and commands
    • 8_list_of.tex” — configure which lists should be printed (table of contents, list of figures, etc)
  5. Recompile de document:
    • See 3. above.
  6. You’re done with a beautifully formatted thesis/dissertation! 😃

With a Remote Cloud-based Service

See above for using a local installation of LaTeX

  1. Download the latest version from the GitHub repository as a Zip file.
  2. Login to your favorite LaTeX cloud service. I recommend Overleaf but there are alternatives (these instructions apply to Overleaf and you’ll have to adapt for other providers).
  3. In the menu select New project->Upload project
  4. Upload the zip with all the “novathesis” files.
  5. Select “template.tex” as the main file.
  6. Follow from step 3 above

NOTE: a deprecated version of the novathesis template (v4.x) is available as an Overleaf template. Just select open as template and go to step 6 above!

Getting Help

Problems and Difficulties

Check the wiki and have some hope! :smile:

If you couldn’t find what you were looking for, ask for help in:

Those are the right places to learn about LaTeX and ask for help! Please don’t ask for help by email! I will not answer them…

Suggestions, Bugs and Feature Requests


This template is the result of hundreds (yes! hundreds) of hours of work from the main developer. If you use this template, please be kind and give something back by choosing at least one of the following:

  1. Cite the NOVAthesis manual in your thesis/dissertation. Just use \cite{novathesis-manual} (the correct bibliographic reference, as shown below, will be added automatically).

           title        = "{The NOVAthesis Template User's Manual}",
           author       = "João M. Lourenço",
           organization = "NOVA University Lisbon",
           year         = "2021",
           url          = "https://github.com/joaomlourenco/novathesis/raw/master/template.pdf",
  2. Make a small donation. We will keep a list thanking to all the identified donors that identify themselves in the “Add special instructions to the seller:” box. Our special thanks to: 2021: Jessie Harney, João Barbosa, Ricardo Teixeira, Janak Parajuli, Ganesh Prasad Sigdel, Sahibzada Saadoon Hammad, Pedro Rechena, Filipa Carvalho; 2020: João Carvalho, David Romão, DisplayersereStream, António Estêvão; 2019: Jorge Barreto, Raissa Almeida.

  3. Give the NOVAthesis project a star in GitHub by clicking in the star at the top-right of the project’s home page.

List of Supported Schools


Although the template goes far beyond the cover… some covers from the supported schools are is display below.



These are not official templates for FCT-NOVA nor any other School, although we have done our best to make it fully compliant to each School regulations for thesis/dissertation presentation.

All contributors, both sporadic and regular, are welcome. :) Please contact me to join the team.

Word Templates

If you are here looking for the (deprecated) Word templates (not maintained anymore), please go to this other repository.