You must supply one print and one digital copy of the final version of your thesis. Our guidelines below set out the standard formats for research theses, but with prior permission, the Library will also accept non-standard formats.
If you have any questions about the formats, please contact the Metadata Librarians: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The print copy of your thesis must:
Include a title page that complies with the Sample PhD Thesis Title Page. Please note that the year included on the title page should be the year the thesis is deposited in the Library.
Include a short abstract (approximately 500 words) in a form suitable for publication.
Include a completed copy of the appropriate Availability and Deposit of Thesis form (“permission form”) without which no thesis can be accepted.
Have any relevant appendices bound into the hard copy. Appendices on a CD may be attached in a pocket.
It is recommended that the print copy of your thesis should:
• Be on good quality plain white paper of A4 size.
• Have numbered pages.
• Have body text in a 12-point font, with 1.5 line spacing.
• Have margins of least 2 cm and no more than 4 cm on the binding edge of the page.
The digital copy of your thesis should:
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The Library will be happy to accept your thesis in a non-standard format where this has been approved by your Head of School. You must include the completed Non-Standard Format Permission form with your submission.
Some examples of non-standard formats include music scores; three-dimensional models; performance recordings; or works in fabric, wood, plastic or metal. If you’re unsure, contact email@example.com for guidance.
You should consider any requirements for a non-standard format as early as possible. PhD candidates should normally apply for this approval when they move from provisional to full registration; Master’s by thesis candidates should give some indication of a non-standard format when completing their three-month progress report, with confirmation at the eight-month progress report.
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