I'm going to have two chapters that are (approx) 20, 000 words each, but they are my 'analysis' chapters. Each 'lit review' chapter didn't exceed 10, 000 words.
What chapter are you working on (lit review or analysis)? If it's a lit review, and you are only half way through and already hitting 15, 000 words, you might want to consider being more concise. BUT ... keep writing because you can always edit later (and I'm sure you'll be able to use bits elsewhere ... OR ... you could eventually end up splitting the chapter into two.
My advice ... keep writing if you are happy with what you've got. Your supervisor will advice you what they think is best (... they should have a clearer idea than you about how your overall project is going to 'shape up'!).
Hi, also had a 30k chapter but just split them up and made three out of it. Maybe you could do that?
For example (in the Humanities):
Literature Review: 30k in total (three sub-chapters)
Data Analysis: 30k (three chapters)
Total: 85-90k, 10 chapters
what is the max words allowed for you? This is how it is at my University:
The length of the thesis should normally be less than the following (excluding tabulated data and diagrams):
-in Science and Engineering and Art and Design for PhD: 40,000 words
-in Arts, Social Sciences and Education for PhD: 80,000 words
When planning my thesis structure I noticed that one of my chapters would be extremely extremely long representing probably 1/2 of the total thesis length. So I re-structured it into an introduction + 3 chapters which form Part I of my thesis, with the other chapters grouped in Part II.
I've been talking today to my supervisor and he said chapters should be about 12,000 words in average (for my discipline), if you go up to 15,000 it shouldn't also be that bad. But I guess that as long as you can keep your chapter coherent and with certain unity, that matters more than the actual lenght.
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