Final Deposit of Research Degree Theses - Hard-Bound Print Version

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Word Deposit of Final Version of Thesis Form

Following examination and the completion of any amendments required by their examiners, research students must deposit one hard-bound print copy of the final version of their thesis. The hard-bound print version must be deposited with the University Library.

The University has specific rules for the presentation of the hard-bound print thesis and you must ensure that you follow these - otherwise, your thesis will be rejected and you will be required to have it re-printed and re-bound at your own expense.

Contents

The contents of your thesis should follow the same order as the version submitted for examination:

  • title page
  • abstract
  • acknowledgements page
  • table of contents
  • main body of the thesis
  • appendices (if needed)
  • bibliography

The contents of the thesis must be final version of your work reflecting any amendments required and approved by your examiners.

Binding

Your thesis must be hard-bound. The binding must be Arbelave ® Library Buckram and the colour of the binding must be standard green (number 563).

The front and back covers of the thesis must be left blank.

The spine of the thesis should in gold lettering have:

  • your initials and surname
  • the title of your thesis - normally there is space for titles up to eighty characters long; if the full title of your thesis is more than eighty characters, you will need to use a shortened or abbreviated version
  • the abbreviated form of the research degree you have been awarded - PhD, MD, MPhil, etc.
  • the year in which the thesis was submitted for examination

You can download an illustration of what your thesis spine should look like.

Printing and Binding Firms

The easiest way to ensure that the hard-bound print version of your thesis meets the University's requirements is to have it printed and bound by the University's Print Services. They offer a quick and professional service and reasonable prices. They can also deliver your thesis to the University Library when it is ready.

However, provided that your thesis meets the University's requirements, you are welcome to use any reputable printing/ binding firm.

Deposit with the University Library

You should deposit the hard-bound print version of your thesis as soon as possible following your examination and the completion of any amendments required by your examiners; the hard-bound print version of your thesis should be deposited with the University Library within twenty-eight days of the date on which your research degree was awarded.

If your thesis is being bound by the University's Print Services, they will deliver your thesis to the University Library when it is ready. If you are delivering your thesis yourself you can leave this at the main reception desk in the David Wilson Library Building or you can send it by post to:

The University Library
University of Leicester
University Road
LEICESTER
LE1 7RH

 

If you are sending your thesis by post, you are strongly encouraged to use a secure method of delivery.

You must enclose with your thesis your signed Word Deposit of Final Version of Thesis Form. Please note we cannot accept typed signatures on this form. If your thesis will be delivered by Print Services to the University Library you can post your form to the address above; or you can scan your signed copy and send this by email to ethesis@le.ac.uk

If you have not already done so, you must at the same time as you deposit the hard-bound version of your thesis also deposit an electronic version of your thesis.

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