The layout of your thesis: everything you need to know

thesis layout

The design team at has everything you need to make your life easier.
We discuss all your wishes, you send us your Word document and then you can take a little well-deserved break after months of hard work.

We advise you on your cover design, the layout, formatting styles, fonts, text size, images, tables and charts.

We go through everything together, right down to the last detail, and leave nothing to chance. In terms of content, each thesis has its own specifications. Tables and graphs on medicine have completely different characteristics than those on computer science, mathematics or physics, for example. You can lean on our experience, and we will make sure that your thesis is styled to its contents. In short: the perfect thesis!

The animations below give you a clear overview of several aspects:

Can you provide the layout of my thesis as well?

How long is the production process of my thesis?

And the icing on the cake: you can submit your questions to Magnificus online at any time! Magnificus is our all-knowing oracle: you’ll have your answer in a flash.

Make Your Life Easier

Your cover and formatted pages may look great on your computer, but will the printed end result be as great?

We see this often… you’ve worked so hard on the content of your research and the entire thesis is drafted in Word. You submit your file(s) for production and receive comments and error messages – costing you a lot of time to resolve, not to mention the fact that you might not understand all these technical comments. Prevent a cumbersome ‘improvement process’ and let our design team make your life easier!

We know all the do’s and dont’s for a production-ready file. For instance, images you’ve inserted into your Word document might not be suitable for printing. It all has to do with resolution. Is it CMYK or is the image still in RGB? Let’s make things easier for each other: you do what you’re good at, and we will do the same!

Tip: Insert tables into Word as text tables, not images.

Tip: Supply both your Word file and separate files of all the images used.

Tip: Don’t forget the spine! Never place text or images too close to the page’s inside margin.


Would you prefer to create your thesis all by yourself? If you do, then make sure you’ve properly considered the following aspects:

Layout and Styles for Formatting

Before you start formatting, decide how you want your thesis to look. Choose a letter type (font) that is pleasant to read, and decide how big the titles, headings and sub-headings should be (font size). Also, determine how much white space you want between a paragraph and a sub-header (line spacing).

By properly determining the styles for formatting, you’ll create a consistent layout that will give your thesis a professional look and an easy-to-read design.

Fonts, Font Size and Line Spacing

The letter type (font) you select should be, first and foremost, pleasant to read. Make sure you choose a font that comes in different versions, such as light, italic, bold, black, ultralight, regular, etc.

When it comes to font size, 10pt is the most common for body text. For captions, we recommend that you don’t make the text smaller than 7pt. Text smaller than 7pt is usually not easy to read.

To enhance the readability of your thesis, you could ‘play’ with the line spacing. This creates calm and concise pages of text. We recommend using line spacing of no less than 1.2. Just look at the difference when you increase the line spacing to 1.5: text becomes even more comfortable to read.

We wish you the best of luck, and if you have any questions:

Don’t hesitate to ask Magnificus via our website!