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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

The word limit

The word limit for the MPhil in Land Economy thesis is between 28,000 and 30,000 words. The regulations do not allow for the word limit to be increased or exceeded.

Examination of the thesis

Examiners are required to satisfy themselves that:

  • the thesis is clearly written;
  • it takes account of previously published work on the subject; and
  • it represents a contribution to learning.

A candidate may be required to make minor amendments and corrections to the thesis as a condition for approval for the degree. However, there is no provision for allowing a candidate to submit a revised thesis in the event that the examiners are not satisfied that it has reached the required standard.

Oral examination

The University's regulations require that an oral examination be held in all cases. Its purpose is to ensure that the work is truly that of the candidate, and to pursue and test arguments which the examiners have found to be unclear or of particular interest. The date and venue of the oral examination is chosen by the examiners. Since the thesis need not be submitted until the end of August, the earliest examination date is normally towards the end of September. Candidates must ensure that they will be available at this time to attend the oral examination. They will be informed of the arrangements by the Graduate Secretary.

Every effort is made to ensure that the results of the examination can be notified to candidates by the Board of Graduate Studies early in October.