PhD/MPhil Thesis submission


What criteria is the thesis examined against?


How should the thesis be formatted?

Instructions and notes on submission

Suggested order for pages in the thesis:

  1. Title page
  2. Declaration of authorship
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Abstract
  5. List of contents
  6. List of tables/figures/illustrations/accompanying material
  7. Body of Thesis
  8. Appendices
  9. Glossary/Abbreviations
  10. Bibliography/References


How should the thesis be bound?

Any form of binding is acceptable, provided that the thesis pages are securely held together. You may wish to have your theses comb-bound, spiral-bound or cloth-bound. A list of binders can be found here. Alternatively, you can bind the thesis yourself in the library.


What should be submitted?

  •  Two hard copies

When you are ready to submit your thesis, please submit two hard copies of the thesis and the declaration of number of words form.

Submit in person to the Student Services Centre in the Davison Building.


by post to: 
Student Services Centre,
Davison Building,
Royal Holloway, University of London,
TW20 0EX

  • One electronic copy

After you have submitted the hard copies of your thesis, please send an electronic PDF version of your thesis to Research Degrees. If your electronic thesis document is too large to attach to an email, please upload your thesis to a file-sharing site (such as Dropbox) and send the link to this in your email.



Please note that the hard and electronic copies of the thesis must be identical and both formats must be submitted before your submission deadline.


What happens next?



Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact Research Degrees.

Tel: 01784 41 4480

Quick links

Overview of PhD/MPhil exam process

Instructions and notes on submission

Declaration of number of words form