phd thesis word count
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.
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When you submit, you will be asked to certify that your thesis falls within the relevant word limit.
If you need to exceed 100,000 words, you must submit a request to the Chair of the Higher Degrees Research Comittee via the Graduate Research Examinations Office before you submit your thesis. This must include:
You should aim to write a thesis of 80,000 words. The word limit is exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit.
- includes all footnotes and appendices
- includes all in-text referencing, but
- does not include your bibliography/reference list.
It’s important to adhere to the word limit when writing your thesis. The maximum word limit is:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: In light of the developing situation, the Graduate Research School has placed a revised procedure for submission of theses for examination on our Moodle page (under Electronic Thesis Submission). This will be updated as the situation demands. If you have any questions concerning thesis submission, please email the Graduate Research School.
This page tells you everything you need to know about upgrading from MPhil to PhD status, submitting your thesis and sitting your viva voce oral examination. Different schools have different procedures, so you should always check what is required of you with your principal supervisor, or the MPhil/PhD Programme Director or Administrator.