master’s thesis word count
I’ve also seen PhD courses that range from an end goal of wordcounts ranging from 40k to 100k.
All examples I’m referring to here don’t seem to follow a subject specific pattern by the way.
Deadlines for the submission of dissertations and theses for graduate qualifications are prescribed in section 12 of the Personal Programmes of Study Regulations.
Deadlines for the submission of theses for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and doctoral degrees are determined on an individual basis. Details about terms of enrolment for these degrees are available from Te Mata Kairangi the School of Graduate Research.
- 80,000 words for a PhD thesis
- 40,000 words for an MPhil thesis.
It’s important to adhere to the word limit when writing your thesis. The maximum word limit is:
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.
In exceptional circumstances, the Dean—Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research may grant permission for you to submit a longer thesis. You will need to apply for permission to exceed the word limit well in advance of submission.
Please refer to the Doctoral Degrees Board page via the UCT website for more information on the examination procedure and forms to be completed..
Master’s students expecting to submit their dissertation for examination must do so online via PeopleSoft.