length of phd thesis
More information on what counts towards the word length is available here.
The thesis must not exceed a maximum word count of 100,000. There is no minimum word count. The word count of the thesis includes the main text, preface material, footnotes and references but does not include material in the appendices, bibliography, abstract or lay summary. In exceptional circumstances, on the recommendation of the supervisor, permission may be granted by the College to exceed the stated length on the ground that such extension is required for adequate treatment of the thesis topic.
In exceptional circumstances, the Dean—Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research may grant permission for you to submit a longer thesis. You will need to apply for permission to exceed the word limit well in advance of submission.
When you submit, you will be asked to certify that your thesis falls within the relevant word limit.
Specific information relating to your programme can be found in the Ordinance version relevant to your year of admission.
- the thesis must be written in English
- sources should be clearly and appropriately referenced
- the thesis (including footnotes and appendices) should not exceed 100,000 words for PhD & MD, 60,000 words for MPhil and 25,000 for Doctor in Dental Science programmes.