Format of thesis and Binding
Format of Thesis - For Examiners
Binding Instructions - 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)
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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
James Clerk Maxwell Building