Hi I ran into a PHD thesis with a beautiful layout. Specially I love its chapter heading enter image description here

I link also the thesis: http://www.ri.cmu.edu/pub_files/pub4/pantofaru_caroline_2008_1/pantofaru_caroline_2008_1.pdf . Does anybody known how to obtain this chapter heading? Any suggestion are welcome!

  • What document class are you using?
    – cfr
    Apr 10, 2015 at 0:39
  • book, but I can change of course!
    – Kevin
    Apr 10, 2015 at 0:41

2 Answers 2


This can be done with titlesec. Here is a sample.


{\normalfont\Large\bfseries}{\MakeUppercase{\chaptertitlename}\ \thechapter}{10pt}{\titlerule[1pt]\vskip12pt\Large\filcenter\MakeUppercase}


\titlespacing*{\chapter} {0pt}{20pt}{40pt}                    %% adjust  suit
\titlespacing*{name=\chapter,numberless} {0pt}{0pt}{40pt}     %% adjust to suit

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  • Thank you so much, unfortunately I've found a problem using your solution: the titles like Contents and list of acronyms appear under the underline.... However they should be up their underline for a good look. As the linked thesis... Any ideas?
    – Kevin
    Apr 10, 2015 at 1:10
  • @Kevin You are welcome :-)
    – user11232
    Apr 10, 2015 at 1:31

My apologies, this is a shameless self-promotion by me! This is a simple style I created for my thesis. It's not the style OP wanted, but may be the OP or someone will like this too.

{\raisedrule[0.175em]{1pt}\Large\filleft\textsc{ \chaptertitlename} \Huge\thechapter}

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