The thesis must not exceed a maximum word count of 100,000. There is no minimum word count. The word count of the thesis includes the main text, preface material, footnotes and references but does not include material in the appendices, bibliography, abstract or lay summary. In exceptional circumstances, on the recommendation of the supervisor, permission may be granted by the College to exceed the stated length on the ground that such extension is required for adequate treatment of the thesis topic.
More information on what counts towards the word length is available here.
Research theses have a word limit that you must comply with.
A PhD thesis should not exceed a total of 100,000 words in length (or 70,000 for most professional doctorates), including scholarly apparatus such as footnotes or endnotes, essential appendices and bibliography. A doctoral thesis should however, be concise. Examiners often criticise excessive length, which frequently indicates poor judgement.
- produce original findings
- sustain a coherent and cogent argument
- communicate the significant aspects of your research
- relate the research topic to the broader framework of knowledge in your discipline
- write clearly, accurately and cogently
- reference and document appropriately and accurately
- make clear which work has been completed by you and which work was completed by another person (if relevant).
The formal requirements for having your degree awarded are outlined in the Higher Degree by Research Examination Policy and Procedures.
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are theses or dissertations prepared as text-based PDF files. ETDs can contain non-text elements such as sound, video, and hypertext links.
Electronic theses have many advantages: