Laursen's XeLaTeX thesis template

This is an alternative to the "LUKE'S PHD THESIS TEMPLATE 1.2" used as standard layout for the thesis written at DTU Compute.

The template is using the Memoir class which includes a lot of useful and predefined commands. See the "Miscellaneous" chapter of the Memoir manual. Furthermore it uses XeLaTeX for maximum unicode support local fonts.

An updated version of the code can be downloaded from the repository at


All static information such as title, author, degree and so on can be changed in preamble/static.txt.


Standard (>2014) TeX Live package including XeLaTeX and Biblatex.


The template uses the sans serif font TeX Gyre Adventor, which is contained in TeXLive and MiKTeX installation by default so no extra setup is necessary.

Note that Neo Sans font (DTU's main font) is the ultimative font for headings. A similar font called Neo Sans Intel is also a good alternative which typically contains more symbols. If the Neo Sans (Intel) font are installed on your system (un)comment the respective lines in preamble/fonts.tex.


Manual typesetting

Run the following for manual typesetting the document:

xelatex Thesis.tex
biber Thesis.bcf
xelatex Thesis.tex
xelatex Thesis.tex


With the templates comes a Makefile using latexmk for easy compiling. There are two ways to use make either by:


or the auto mode which automatic updates the pdf if *.tex or *.bib files are changed:

make auto

To clean up project run:

make clean


If using TextMate simply press "⌘R".

Remember to run Biblatex too.


Open preferences and set

  • Under "Editor" set "Editor Font Encoding" to "UFT8"
  • Under "Build" set "Default Compiler" to "XeLaTeX"



Open Preferences and ensure under "Editor" that "Editor Font Encoding" is set to:


In Preferences under "Quick Build" change it to "User" and the following.

For Windows users:

"xelatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|biber %.bcf|xelatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|xelatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex"

For Mac users:

"/usr/texbin/xelatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|"/usr/texbin/biber" %.bcf|"/usr/texbin/xelatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|"/usr/texbin/xelatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|open %.pdf


Simply press "Quick Build". This will run all necessary commands including setting up your bibliography if there are any changes to it.

If the bibliography is not changed only xelatex needs to run one single time. You can therefore select XeLaTeX from the run menu instead of the default in Quick build.