Thesis world limits are set out in University Regulation 7.4.2 (d):
The maximum number of words in the thesis or report is shown in the table below. The calculation of the word length excludes: abstract, acknowledgements, contents pages, appendices, tables, diagrams and figures (including associated legends), the list of references, bibliography, footnotes and endnotes and any bound published material.
Thesis word limits
|College||MRes ||MA/MSc by Res||MPhil ||Professional Doctorate || PhD||PhD with Integrated Study ||EngD/DDS/MD|
|Arts and Law; Social Sciences
|Medical and Dental Sciences; Life and Environmental Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences
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 believe 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 Research Student Administration at email@example.com.
Research Student Administration will notify you of the outcome of your request once the decision has been made by the Research Progress and Awards Sub Panel.
If you have further questions regarding word limits that are not answered by this FAQ, please contact Research Student Administration via Student Help.