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What a dissertation should look like

Format


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Font

  • The standard font for Southampton Solent university is Trebuchet MS.

Line spacing

  • Set your line spacing to 1.5 lines.

Indents or breaks

  • Leave a space of one line between paragraphs, rather than indenting the first line
  • Set your spacing at 12pt after a line.

Margins

  • The left hand margin should be set at 3.2cm (1.25 inches)
  • The right hand margin about 2.5cm (1 inch).
  • Approximately 3.8cm (1.5 inches) should be left free of text at the top and bottom of each page.

Section headings

  • Sections headings should be left aligned, bold and numbered.
  • The numbering should be the same as given in your contents page.
  • Make sure you are consistent in your numbering of headings and sub-headings.

Remember:

There may be some variation in your department’s requirements.

For example: some departments may want you to indent as well as leaving a line space. Check with your supervisor or your department’s guidelines.