A thesis that exceeds the maximum number of words will not be accepted for examination unless permission to exceed the stated word count has been granted by the Research Progress & Awards Sub Panel. Permission to exceed the stated word count is only granted in exceptional circumstances. If you consider that you will not be able to meet the permitted word limit, you are advised to discuss this with your supervisor at an early stage.
Applications to exceed the stated word count should be made in writing to your supervisor and should include how many additional words you require and the academic reasons to support your request. Your supervisor is required to comment on your application and indicate whether or not they support your request and then submit the request to the Research Student Administration Team. The Research Student Administration Team will notify you of the outcome of your request once the decision has been made by the Research Progress and Awards Sub Panel.