I'm having a panic about word count. I'm quite considerably under the maximum, which is 75,000. There is no guidance about minimum but I think I'm going to end up with 55,000. The guidelines say that the maximum isn't a target, and that examiners will like focused prose much better than waffle... but 20,000 under seems like a lot.
Any thoughts? I'm in the Humanities. Oh, and I have 22 days left until submission (and I'm only at 50,000 words right now)
Not necessarilly mate. Fella had a 100K max; submitted c. 80,000; passed viva outright last month. Modern history bod. I.e: it's what you say, not how long it takes you to say it!
Yeah seriously. Can you ask any of your sups off the record- or anyone else in the research div?
I don't know exactly how many words, because I did mine in latex, but it was really short, 165 pages with lots of images graphs and tables included. I estimate it was 50k (maximum 100k). Possibly in social sciences :) passed with minor.
People who write more than 80k have a strategy: bore the examiners to death, make them lose the will to live, become suicidal etc :)
*Laughs out loud*
That could backfire of course... "R&R, bring it back to us when we don't need the proplus" ;)
At my university history wanted 80-100,000 words for a thesis. There's no way as I was nearing the end I was going to to reach 80K. I was assured by my supervisor that quality counted over quantity. Other academics said the same, though one advised I bulk out my thesis with electronic appendices of the databases I had built, put in a CD inserted at the back. My final thesis was about 70K. I passed with minor typo corrections. It was not a problem.
Clearly this isn't quite the same as your situation, because you don't have a stated minimum to miss. But it may provide some comfort.
Good luck with the final stages!
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