What are the formatting requirements for a thesis?


Well done on nearing the completion of your degree! Your thesis is an important document, a reflection of all your hard work and intellectual vigour, so your thesis must reflect this importance through a high standard of typography, visual presentation, permanence and convenience of handling and storage.

The University requires the following document formatting for theses:

  •   A4 page size. If diagrams, maps, tables and similar presentations do not fit readily on this sheet size, ISO B4 may be used.

  •   Preferably a serif font such as Times New Roman size 12 with footnotes in size 9.

  •   Line spacing 1.5 or double, with the exception of quotations, footnotes and bibliographies, which may be single spaced. Candidates may determine the spacing appropriate to appendices.

  •   All four margins 2.5 cm 

  •   All pages must be numbered, and the main body of the thesis must be consecutively numbered throughout. Preliminary pages (for example, the title page, statement of originality, table of contents and abstract) that precede the main text should be numbered with lower case roman numerals beginning with one (i). 

More information is also available in the Higher Degree by Research Thesis Submission and Examination Guidelines


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