# Writing first part of my thesis

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{latexsym}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{eucal}
\usepackage{eufrak}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\graphicspath{{Pictures/}}
\usepackage[square, numbers, comma, sort&compress]{natbib}
\title{\ttitle}
\graphicspath{ {images/} }
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\graphicspath{ {images/} }

\begin{document}

\centerline{ \textbf{Universit\{a} degli studi di xxxx}}

\vspace{4cm}

\centerline{\textbf{Ph.D  thesis}}

\vspace{2cm}
\centerline{ \textbf{XXVII CICLO}}
\vspace{2cm}
\bigskip
\centerline{ \textbf{Italy is a beautiful country Applications}}
\vspace{4cm}
\centerline{\textbf{NSA}}
\vspace{2cm}
\centerline{\textbf{Academic years : 2011-2014 }}
\newpage

\chapter*{Declaration}

This thesis has been submitted to the university of xxx in fullfilment of the
requirements for the Doctoral degree in Economics, Applied Mathematics and
Operational Research.

\chapter*{Dedication}
To my friends
\newpage
\chapter*{Acknowledgements}

\author{Author Name}
\date{Day Month Year}

\let\cleardoublepage\clearpage
\newpage
\tableofcontents
\newpage
\listoftables

\end{document}


I'm writing my doctoral thesis and this is the cover above. Normally as you can see the size is 12 for the whole thesis but i need a help for increasing to 14 the caracter size of the title which is "Italy is a beautiful country Applications". Please can you tell me how can i increase the size of the title to 14? and also the name of my university which is " Universit{a} delgi studi di xxx? at the same size(14).

Further question: How can i remove the number of pages? As you see it start from the first page. I want to number( with number 1) it starting from the page of contents(which is here page 5). I want to get the page number 1 on the page related to table of contents. thanks

• \fontsize{14}{16}\selectfont – Sigur Jul 7 '14 at 22:51
• Use braces: {\fontsize{14}{16}\selectfont new size here}\normalsize – Sigur Jul 7 '14 at 23:08
• @Sigur \normalsize is redundant; instead there should be \par before }. – egreg Jul 7 '14 at 23:10
• Could you make your example a bit more minimal? See minimal working example (MWE) for what you need (and don't need). – cfr Jul 7 '14 at 23:13
• @Sigur But the \par is required else the baselineskip will be wrong when the paragraph ends as it will have reverted to that set by \normalsize. – cfr Jul 7 '14 at 23:31

This uses the titlepage environment which is really a better option here. I've replaced \centerline with \centering. Since you need an additional \par to get the font sizing and since the fonts have changed size for two lines, you may need to readjust your spacing here.

I've used \thispagestyle{empty} on the pre-chapters before the table of contents. \pagenumbering{arabic} starts the numbering from 1. I use \clearpage rather than \newpage to avoid accidentally creating unwanted blank pages. In some cases, nothing is required - new chapters start new pages anyway.

I've also made your example a bit more minimal although it could be reduced further.

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\title{\ttitle}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\centering\bfseries
\fontsize{14}{16}\selectfont
Universit\{a} degli studi di xxxx

\normalsize
\vspace{4cm}

Ph.D  thesis

\vspace{2cm}
XXVII CICLO
\vspace{2cm}
\bigskip\par
\fontsize{14pt}{16pt}\selectfont
Italy is a beautiful country Applications\par
\normalsize
\vspace{4cm}
NSA
\vspace{2cm}\par
Academic years : 2011-2014
\end{titlepage}

\chapter*{Declaration}\thispagestyle{empty}

This thesis has been submitted to the university of xxx in fulfilment of the
requirements for the Doctoral degree in Economics, Applied Mathematics and
Operational Research.

\chapter*{Dedication}\thispagestyle{empty}
To my friends

\chapter*{Acknowledgements}\thispagestyle{empty}

\author{Author Name}
\date{Day Month Year}

\let\cleardoublepage\clearpage
\clearpage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\tableofcontents
\clearpage
\listoftables

\end{document}


• @HarishKumar About the \normalsize - why is it better to use {} than font switches? (Apart from less typing.) The \fontsize... \normalsize` has the advantage of significantly greater transparency. – cfr Jul 7 '14 at 23:49
• i found your answers above the most useful particularly @cfr user. Thanks – ntamjo achille Jul 8 '14 at 7:07