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PhD Thesis Word Limit

What is the word limit for a PhD thesis?

You should aim to write a thesis of 80,000 words. The word limit is exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit.

If you need to exceed 100,000 words, you must submit a request to the Chair of the Higher Degrees Research Comittee via the Graduate Research Examinations Office before you submit your thesis. This must include:

  • your justification for the request
  • the expected length of your thesis
  • support by your supervisor(s) and Head of Department, who must also certify that the proposed examiners do not object to examining a longer thesis