Designing the cover of your thesis

It goes without saying that you want to make a positive first impression with your thesis. Therefore, it’s important to carefully consider what your thesis cover will look like. For instance, will you use an existing image, or do you want to create it entirely from scratch?

The cover of a thesis is often personal and should reflect both your personality and the research topic. When designing it, you can use images, compelling text and various colors. However, this can be challenging if you have no prior experience. In this blog, we will tell you how to design the cover of your thesis.

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The elements of a thesis cover

At most universities, you have the freedom to determine the design of your thesis. However, be aware that some universities may have specific requirements. Therefore, it’s essential to check this before you start working on the cover layout.

Generally, the thesis cover includes the title, subtitle and the author’s name. You can also choose to include a brief introduction on the back cover to entice readers to delve into your thesis. Additionally, you can incorporate an image or logo on the cover. The possibilities are endless, but it’s crucial for the cover to align with both you and the research topic. Ultimately, it’s a highly personal document.

How can you design the cover of your thesis?

The thesis cover is the first thing a reader sees, implicitly conveying the essence of your thesis. It’s a critical part of your thesis. You might already have an idea of how the cover should look. When designing your thesis cover, there are three ways to go about it:

  • Design the cover yourself.
  • Design the cover based on a template provided by
  • Design the cover from scratch.

Below, we briefly explain each of these three approaches.

Designing your own thesis cover

You can choose to design the cover of your thesis yourself. In this case, you can create or obtain images that suit the topic or craft an abstract design. The latter isn’t uncommon due to the abstract nature of scientific research.

Tip: Look for a visual metaphor for your research that you can represent on the cover of your thesis. For example, use a tree if your research is about lung health.

Cover based on a template by

You can also design your thesis cover based on a template provided by us. You can provide us with an image or illustration, which you can create yourself or source from stock image libraries like Shutterstock. We can even help you obtain the image if needed.

If you choose to have us create a template for you, it’s essential to specify the text that should appear on the cover and any bookmarks. This includes the title, subtitle, and author’s name.

Designing your thesis cover from scratch

Another option is to create the cover of your thesis entirely from scratch. You can do this on your own or delegate it to someone else, like a friend or family member. can also assist by connecting you with an experienced designer to handle the layout of your thesis.

Which font should I use?

Choosing the right font is crucial not only for the thesis itself but also for its cover. Don’t forget to consider this during the design phase. It’s a good idea to select a font that is eye-catching, easily readable, and appropriate for the subject matter. There are no strict rules for font size, so trust your judgment. However, ensure that the cover image remains clearly visible.

Which software can I u se?

If you opt to design your thesis cover yourself, there are various software programs available for this purpose. We discuss some of them below:

  • InDesign: This professional design software from Adobe offers extensive features and is commonly used by design agencies. The advantage of InDesign is that text doesn’t shift on its own, making it easy to add text. However, it may take some time to master.
  • Photoshop: Like InDesign, Photoshop is a professional design program from Adobe. It’s primarily focused on image editing but can also be used effectively for creating your thesis cover.
  • LaTeX: This software is popular in the academic world and is mainly used for formatting scientific texts. While it can be used for creating a thesis cover, it’s more challenging than using InDesign or Photoshop.

Have the cover of your thesis designed

Of course, you can choose to have someone else design your thesis cover. Many design agencies offer this service and you may even know someone who can assist. This can save you time and ensure a better result, especially if you’re not proficient with design software.

If you decide to have your thesis cover designed, it’s crucial to provide a clear description of your idea. Describe exactly what you want and, if possible, include inspirational images or a hand-drawn concept. Some designers may want to have a conversation with you to understand your preferences and how to align the design with your research topic.

How do I submit my thesis cover?

Once your thesis is complete, it’s essential to ensure that you submit it for printing correctly. Pay attention to the image quality or resolution on the cover. Low-quality images will be noticeable, and that’s not what you want. Make sure the cover of your thesis is at least 300 dpi.

Additionally, when submitting the thesis cover, it should be in PDF format with a minimum 3-millimeter bleed. This bleed is an extra margin around the page, and you should position the images just over the edge to avoid white gaps on the sides.

Having your thesis cover designed by

Need assistance with designing your thesis cover? The designers at are here to help! We’ll discuss the options and your preferences. Besides the cover, you can also have us design the interior of your thesis. This way, you can be sure of a perfect thesis. Contact us or ask questions on our website to Magnificus.


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