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Format of thesis and Binding

Format of Thesis - For Examiners 

The thesis must include:

  • Title page – including the thesis title, the student's full name and the degree for which it is submitted
  • Abstract - of up to 5,000 words
  • Table of contents – including any material not bound in the book, and a list of tables, photographs and any other materials


The thesis must be printed according to the following specifications:

  • Plain white A4 sized paper (210 x 297 mm)
  • One sided printing
  • Margins at the binding edge must be not less than 40 mm and other margins not less than 20 mm
  • Double or 1.5 spacing (except for indented quotations or footnotes which can be single spaced)
  • All pages must be numbered in one continuous sequence, i.e. from the title page of the first volume to the last page of type, from 1 onwards. This sequence must include everything bound in the volume, including maps, diagrams, blank pages, etc.
  • Any material which cannot be bound in with the text must be placed in a pocket inside or attached to the back cover or in a rigid container. You are reminded that if your appendices are very long, you can request permission to include them on a memory stick/card instead in order to avoid having to print your thesis in two volumes. Please ensure that the memory stick/card is securely fastened in the back of your thesis if you do so.


Illustrative materials:

  • May include: audio recordings (on memory stick/card) and photographic slides (35 mm in 2" x 2" frame)
  • Other forms may be submitted at the discretion of the Chair of the Research Degrees Examination Board – please contact
  • Must be bound in with the text or placed in a pocket attached to the back cover. If separate from the bound volume, it must be labelled with the same information as the title page
  • Each copy of the thesis must be accompanied by a full set of this material
Binding Instructions - Thesis for Examiners

If examiners have requested a soft bound copy of your thesis, these can be spiral bound, they do not need to be bound as a blue book.

Bound theses for examiners must be submitted to the following address only:

Research Degrees team
Academic Services
8th Floor
James Clerk Maxwell Building
Waterloo Campus


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