Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

A Masters thesis should be at least 40,000 words, but not exceeding 70,000 words. A Doctoral dissertation should be at least 70,000 words.
Style and Formatting

The students and the mentor should discuss and decide on the format for the style and presentation of the thesis or dissertation (this includes referencing styles). It must follow one of the recognised academic formats. It must be written in an academic scholarly style.

The following points should be noted:

  • Footnotes (numbered), if used, should be placed at the end of each page, the chapter, or at the end of the manuscript. Correct use of ibid., op.cit. and other notations is required.
  • A Bibliography is required in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript.
  • The manuscript must be typed/word-processed, double-spaced, single-sided with a 2″ margin on the left. It may be printed on A4 or 8″X11″ (US letter-size) paper only. Pages must be numbered.

Suggested Format For Thesis and Dissertations