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Writing tools and language of writing

To ensure your Master's or Doctoral thesis complies with FESP presentation rules, refer to these tools before you start writing.

Writing tools

To help you write your Master's thesis or Doctoral thesis, we’ve put together a series of tools so you can ensure your document meets FESP presentation rules (Academic Regulations, art. 1.5 a).

Checklists :

Language of writing

In accordance with the principles set out in the Politique linguistique de l’Université Laval, theses are written in excellent French.  However, on the recommendation of your supervisor, you may request permission from your program director to write part or all of your manuscript in another language.

Authorization is required if:

  • One or more chapters are written in a language other than French
  • Papers included in the manuscript are written in a language other than French

Your request for permission must be made before you begin writing your Master's or Doctoral thesis.

Document to be used :

Important! If you write your Master's or Doctoral thesis in a language other than French, the title must be in the language the document is written in, but the other title page items must be in French.

Writing templates

The templates below use the presentation rules you must follow when writing your Master's or Doctoral thesis. Choose the template best suited to your situation and the type of Master's or Doctoral thesis you will be writing.

Please note that an official cover page, bearing your name, thesis' title, a UL's logo and copyright notice, will be added to your manuscript by our systems upon final submission.

Use the following writing templates to create a standardized title page.

Please note that the writing templates are only available in French at the moment. If you have any questions about how to use these templates,  please write to us at


Microsoft Word


All writing templates are included in the ulthese.dtx module . (In English)

OpenOffice and LibreOffice


In the event of a discrepancy between the French and English texts, the French version prevails.