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Thesis binding and Submission

Thesis Binding
Late Submission Fees
Re-submission Fee

Important Notice - Olympic Period

You are strongly advised to avoid travelling to and from UCL’s main campus during this period. Registry and Academic Services [RAS] has put in place arrangements to ensure business continuity for all core RAS services during the main Olympic period between 27 July and 12 August 2012. As such, the Student Centre and other student-facing activities are expected to operate normal opening hours between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Thesis Binding

Theses have to be robust enough to withstand the examination process and be easily identified. They will need to have your name on the spine to distinguish them.
All theses (whether soft or hard-bound) must be:

  • covered in medium blue cloth (e.g. water resistant material);
  • lettered in gold up the spine with Degree, Year, and Name and Initials in the same form as UCL records, with letters 16 or 18 point (.25 inch). (Thesis submitted for examination in November and December should have the following year lettered on the spine.)
  • No lettering on front cover of thesis.

Please note picture illustrates required colour only,
with front cover up text will appear inverted on spine.


Hard-bound theses must have the pages sown in (not punched) and soft-bound theses should have the pages glued in. Theses submitted in any other form of binding, including ring binding, will not be accepted.

You are responsible for ensuring that your thesis is correctly bound by the company you select. A list of Binders and Printers can be found at Binders and Printers.

Viva Copies

In the first instance you should submit two soft-bound copies of your thesis to the Student Centre at the front of the Chadwick Building.

Final Copies

University of London award - one soft-bound copy.

University College London award - one soft bound copy should be submitted to the Student Centre, together with the Abstract of Thesis form. Prior to the receipt of your bound copy, you also need to deposit an electronic copy of your final thesis (and a completed E-Thesis Deposit Agreement form) via UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS). Guidance on the preparation and deposit of electronic copies of your research thesis is available from UCL Library Services.

The forms required to accompany the final copies of your thesis can be found here.

UCL will not issue your result of the examination until the final copies of your thesis and the associated forms have been submitted. 

Late Submission Fee

Please refer to the Late Submission Fees webpage.


You will need to follow the following procedures:
•    Submit a new exam entry form to Research Degrees at least two weeks prior to the expected submission of the thesis.
•    Submit two soft-bound copies of your thesis to the Student Centre, Chadwick Building, which will then be despatched to the examiners.

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