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The thesis

Requirements of a Thesis for Examination

Length of a thesis

The word length of a thesis will vary according to discipline but must be of sufficient scope for the level of degree. As a guide, the maximum number of words in the text, excluding references and appendices should be:

  • Master by Research thesis - 60,000 words
  • Master by Research exegesis - 30,000 words
  • Professional Doctorate thesis - 60,000 words
  • Doctor of Philosophy - 100,000 words
  • Doctor of Philosophy exegesis - 50,000 words

The research methodology and other milestones of your research thesis must also be discussed with your supervisor.

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