MAUD Design Thesis: Requirements


  • 2 copies of each submission and at least one of these may be held
  • Upload one electronic copy via a drop box on Moodle
  • Only include appendices approved by your supervisor

For examination purposes it is very important that the cover specifies the essay number or essay equivalent that the submission represents.

Title page:
The title page of your design thesis should contain the following information: Name, College, Title of Dissertation/Design Thesis, and the following words: “A design thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the M.Phil. in Architectural and Urban Design 20__”.

Brief formal acknowledgement should be made to persons from whom information or suggestions have been received.

Statement of originality:
Candidates are required by the Board of Graduate Studies to include the following statement in their dissertation: “This dissertation is the result of my own work and includes nothing which is the outcome of work done in collaboration except where
specifically indicated in the text.” This statement should be included at the bottom of the Acknowledgements page.

Contents page:
A clearly formatted contents page with relevant page numbers is to be included

The written component of the design thesis must not be more than 15,000 words in length including footnotes but excluding the bibliography. Any text appendices will require the permission of the Degree Committee. A valuable part of the academic exercise provided by the dissertation is to argue one’s case within the prescribed length and permission to exceed the word limit cannot be granted. A statement of the number of words must be included at the front of the dissertation. The attention of Examiners
and the Degree Committee will be drawn to over-long dissertations.

Bibliography and Footnotes
The dissertation should be provided with a bibliography of works actually consulted and, where appropriate, a table of bibliographical abbreviations. Footnotes should be used to give precise reference to particular documents or publications, and to expand points made in the text. The way of referring to books and periodicals should be consistent and follow a recognized system such as that used in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes or the RIBA Dissertation Handbook. Whichever system is adopted, consistency is essential.

Drawings and Illustrations
Your thesis uses your design and analysis as its primary source material. The inclusion of this material should be integral to the format and design of the thesis. Care must be taken that every illustration has a caption and a consecutive number to correspond with the reference in the text. A list of illustrations and appended material should be included. Where images are not the authors, full acknowledgement should be made in either the caption or the list of illustrations. The unacknowledged borrowing of material is a form of plagiarism and may result in immediate failure.