Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to LaTeX: Typesetting your Thesis or Research Paper

LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

DESCRIPTION LaTeX (pronounced Lay-tek) is the most prevalent document preparation system for academic writing in the mathematical and scientific fields. Advantages of using LaTeX over more common systems, such as Word or LibreOffice, include the high typographical quality of the documents, the longevity of the document format, the clear separation of concerns of the content of the document and the formatting, the lightweight nature of the software, requiring only a plain-text editor, and the fact that LaTeX is free software (libre). Learning even the basics of LaTeX will allow researchers to produce high-quality, academic documents faster and more efficiently. In some areas where equations play an important role, such as computer science, mathematics, statistics, and physics, LaTeX is the de facto default document typesetting system for scientific publications. However, it may also be used in many other areas, as highlighted by the many academic texts (books, posters, slides, theses, etc.) typeset with LaTeX.


By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should have learnt about the LaTeX commands to:

- write up a basic LaTeX document;
- compile a LaTeX document into a PDF;
- format text in LaTeX;
- create ordered (numbered) and unordered (bullets) lists;
- use Tables and Figures environments;
- typeset beautiful mathematical formulas;
- create automatic bibliographies and indices;
- use popular LaTeX packages;
- use the University of Malta Dissertation/Thesis LaTeX template (

Note: The slides and content of this workshop are prepared by Mr Luke Collins.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This workshop is split into two parts – Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance is required in both parts.

Timetable Details

Semester 1
Occ A - Part 1 - Date: 25 Nov 2019; Time: 09:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours
Occ A - Part 2 - Date: 27 Nov 2019; Time: 09:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Jean Paul Ebejer

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