Preparation of Thesis

Having transferred to D.Phil. status (or M.Sc. status) within your first six terms and then, secondly, confirmed your D.Phil. status by your ninth term, you are permitted to submit a thesis for examination. The following notes describe its preparation.

Length - The word limit for DPhil and MSc theses in the NDM are respectively 50,000 and 30,000 words (excluding bibliography, appendices, diagrams and tables). Candidates must state the approximate number of words in their thesis. If a thesis exceeds the permitted length, the board may decline to appoint examiners or to forward the thesis to examiners already appointed, and may return it to the candidate for revision. If the examiners find that a thesis exceeds the permitted length, they should report the fact to the board and await further instructions.

Submission of Published Papers - A set of scientific papers that concern a common subject does not constitute an acceptable thesis.

Format - The thesis must be typed or printed in English on one side of the paper only, with a margin of 1.25 to 1.5 inches (32 to 38 mm) on the left-hand side of each page. Double spacing should be taken to mean a distance of 0.33 inch or 8 mm between successive lines of text. Footnotes should normally be placed at the bottom of each page. Where they are given at the end of each chapter or at the end of the thesis, two separate unbound copies of footnotes should also be presented, for the convenience of the examiners. The pages of the thesis must be numbered. Each copy should have an abstract included (see below).

The Abstract - The abstract of the thesis should concisely summarise its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words. It should be printed on one side only, of A4-sized paper. Each copy of the abstract should be headed with the title of the thesis, the name and college of the candidate, the degree for which it is submitted, and the term and year of submission. One copy of the abstract prepared at the time of the examination should be bound into each of the examiners' copies of the thesis. Subsequently, when the examination is completed, candidates should also arrange for a copy of the abstract to be bound into the library copy of their thesis, and should submit with the library copy a separate, unbound copy of their abstract, which may be published.