Using biblatex and Biber, I want my bibliography to say "Ph.D. thesis" (with periods) rather than "PhD thesis" (without). MWE:

Hello \cite{testphd}

and refs.bib:

  title       = {Thesis Title},
  author      = {Surname, Firstname},
  date        = {2010},
  institution = {Faculty of X, University of Y},
  type        = {phdthesis},
  location    = {Somewhere},



What's the easiest way to do this? I don't want to change the .bib file ideally.


You can redefine the bibstrings used by biblatex with \DefineBibliographyStrings

\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{phdthesis = {Ph\adddot D\adddotspace thesis}}

\adddot inserts an abbreviation dot, \adddotspace inserts an abbreviation dot followed by a space (penalised by abbrvpenalty).

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