You should start thinking about your thesis - your core idea or argument - at the very beginning of your project.

A thesis must be your work, but you should seek advice from your supervisors about its structure and seek critical comment throughout your project.

Key points

  • Research your thesis - Look at theses in other disciplines as well as your own, to research the different ways students present them.
  • Confidentiality and intellectual property - Does your research require restricted access, a confidential examination or will it generate intellectual property issues?
  • Editorial assistance - You may seek editorial assistance for the preparation of your thesis for examination.
  • Style and format - Present your thesis in a certain way, for example, PhD theses may not exceed 100 000 words and master's theses may not exceed 50 000 words.
  • Thesis as a series of papers - You can organise your thesis as a series of papers.
  • Temporary binding - There are various ways which you can temporarily bind your thesis before you submit it for examination.
  • Submitting for examination - A step-by-step guide on how to submit your thesis for examination.
  • Writing a report on corrections - Most students will have to write a report of thesis revisions before their thesis is finally approved.
  • Submission of final version - After you correct your thesis, submit it to the Graduate Research School for final approval.