Regulation 7.4.2 (d) confirms the maximum number of words for each research degree. The stated maximum number of words excludes tables, diagrams (including associated legends), appendices, references, footnotes and endnotes, the bibliography and any bound published material.
For those who commenced their programme of study on a one year MPhil (by research only) or MPhil(B) (research with taught modules) prior to the beginning of the 2012 - 2013 academic year, the maximum number of words in the thesis is as stated in Regulation 7.4.2 (d) for the MA/MSc by Research for the one year MPhil (two year part time) by research alone and as for MRes for one year MPhil(B) (two year part time) programmes.
If you anticipate that your thesis will exceed the stated word count you may apply to the Research Progress & Awards Sub Panel for permission to exceed the stated word count. Permission is only granted in exceptional circumstances and you are advised to discuss this with your supervisor at an early stage.
For further details see thesis word limits in the presenting your thesis web page.