PhD thesis word limit

How many pages should a doctoral dissertation have?

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  1. You should aim to write a thesis of 80000 words. The word limit is exclusive of words in tables, bibliographies, maps and appendices. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit.

    kathryn
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  1. Exactly as many as you need to get your committee to sign of on it. (Obviously also to present you work properly.)

    Page or word count is not a useful metric for PhD dissertation. This isn’t an undergraduate essay. It’s the culmination of several years research work.

    I think that how many papers you’ve published in peer review journals is what you should be worrying about.

    miflan miflan
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  1. Specific details about doctoral dissertations differ according to institutions, departments, and fields of study. In my department, a typical dissertation contains five chapters consisting of an introduction, three data chapters, and an overall conclusion.

    jaygie
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