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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps

Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.

Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas

The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.

Step 2: Research Your Topic

Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.

Step 3: Formulate Your Argument

Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.

Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement

Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.

Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement

The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.

Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.


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Format, bind and submit your thesis: general guidance


You no longer need to submit a physical copy of your thesis. Please refer directly to the “Submit Your Thesis” section below.

This information is for research students submitting a thesis for assessment. It tells you how to:

  • format your thesis
  • submit your thesis
  • bind your thesis 
  • submit the final copy of your thesis

There are different requirements for students of fine arts, design, architecture or town planning.

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Format your thesis

UCL theses should be submitted in a specific format, this applies to both the viva and final copies of your thesis. 

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In the electronic version of your thesis, hyperlinks (including DOIs) should be functional and resolve to the correct webpage.

We would recommend using Arial or Helvetica fonts, at a size of no less than 12.

Find out more about the accessibility guidelines

If printed, please present your thesis in a permanent and legible format.

Illustrations should be permanently mounted on A4 size paper and bound in with the thesis; you may not use sellotape or similar materials.

A4 size paper (210 x 297 mm) should be used. Plain white paper must be used, of good quality and of sufficient opacity for normal reading. Both sides of the paper may be used.

Both sides of the paper may be used.

Margins at the binding edge must not be less than 40 mm (1.5 inches) and other margins not less than 20 mm (.75 inches). Double or one-and-a-half spacing should be used in typescripts, except for indented quotations or footnotes where single spacing may be used.

All pages must be numbered in one continuous sequence, i.e. from the title page of the first volume to the last page of type, in Arabic numerals from 1 onwards. This sequence must include everything bound in the volume, including maps, diagrams, blank pages, etc. Any material which cannot be bound in with the text must be placed in a pocket inside or attached to the back cover or in a rigid container similar in format to the bound thesis (see Illustrative material ).

The title page must bear the following:

  • the officially-approved title of the thesis
  • the candidates full name as registered
  • the institution name 'UCL'
  • the degree for which the thesis is submitted

The title page should be followed by a signed declaration that the work presented in the thesis is the candidate’s own e.g.

‘I, [full name] confirm that the work presented in this thesis is my own. Where information has been derived from other sources, I confirm that this has been indicated in the thesis.'

Please see the section below entitled ‘Inclusion of published works in doctoral theses’ for more information about how to indicate when you have re-used material that you have previously published.

The signed declaration should be followed by an abstract consisting of no more than 300 words.

Impact Statement

The abstract should be followed by an impact statement consisting of no more than 500 words. For further information on the content of the Impact Statement, please see the Impact Statement Guidance Notes for Research Students and Supervisors on the Doctoral School's website. 

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Inclusion of published works in doctoral theses

If you have included any work in your thesis that you have published (e.g. in a journal) previously, then you will need to insert a completed copy of the UCL Research Paper Declaration Form into your thesis after the Impact Statement. The form, and information about how to complete it is available on the Doctoral School’s website.

Find out more about the UCL Research Paper Declaration Form

Table of contents

In each copy of the thesis the abstract should be followed by a full table of contents (including any material not bound in) and a list of tables, photographs and any other materials. It is good practice to use bookmarking within the PDF of the thesis in electronic form to allow readers to jump to the relevant section, figure, table etc. from the table of contents.

Illustrative material

Illustrative material may be submitted on a CD-ROM. If you wish to submit material in any other form, your supervisor must contact Research Degrees well in advance of submission of the thesis.

Any material which cannot be bound in with the text must be placed either in a pocket inside or attached to the back cover or in a rigid container similar in format to the bound thesis. If it is separate from the bound volume it must be clearly labelled with the same information as on the title page. Each copy of the thesis submitted must be accompanied by a full set of this material.

Submit your thesis

Viva copies.

  • You must submit an electronic version of your thesis to the UCL Dropbox . You no longer need to submit a printed copy unless your examiners ask for this. 

When you upload your thesis to the UCL Dropbox you must:

  • address the email to Research Degrees.
  • use Word or PDF format
  • include your full name as registered
  • include your UCL student number found on the front of your student ID card

We will check your status and if your examiners have been appointed we will forward the thesis directly to them. They will then be able to download the copy of your thesis to prepare for your exam. If an external examiner requests a hard copy of the thesis you will need to arrange for this to be printed and submitted to the Student Enquiries Centre during their walk-in operational hours. We will collect your thesis and post it on to the examiners.

If your examiners have not been appointed, your thesis will be held securely until your examiners have been formally appointed by UCL.

Covid-19 Impact Form

We have developed a form for you to submit with your thesis if you wish to declare an impact on your research.   The form is optional and your choice to complete it or not will have no bearing on the outcome of your examination. It is intended to set the context of examination and is not a plea for leniency. Your examiners will continue to apply the standard criteria as set out in UCL’s Academic Manual and the joint examiners’ form. Please see the publication from the QAA on Advice on Doctoral Standards for Research Students and Supervisors for further support.

You must submit this form as a separate Word document or PDF when you submit your thesis via the UCL Dropbox as detailed in our guidance above.   We will only accept the form if you submit it at the same time that you submit your thesis.  This will apply if you are making an initial submission or a resubmission.

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Your examination entry form must be received and logged by Research Degrees before you submit your thesis.

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If you need to re-submit you must:

  • submit a new examination entry form to the Research Degrees office at least 4 weeks prior to the expected submission of the thesis

We will check your status and confirm that your examiners are willing to review your revised thesis. We will then forward the thesis directly to them. They will be able to download the copy of your thesis for assessment.  If an external examiner requests a hard copy of the thesis you will need to arrange for this to be printed and submitted to the Student Enquiries Centre during their walk-in operational hours. We will collect your thesis and post it on to the examiners.

Submitting as a Non-Registered Student

If you do not submit your thesis by the end of your period of Completing Research Status, your registration as a student will end at that point. Your supervisor will then need to apply for permission for you to submit your thesis in writing to the Research Degrees section, at least 3 weeks before your expected submission date. You will be charged a submission extension fee at the point you submit your thesis.

Bind your thesis

If your examiners have request a printed copy of your thesis, please read the following guidance:

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) 
  • be lettered in gold up the spine with degree, year, 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
  • have no lettering on front cover of thesis
  • have the spine text inverted if the front cover is facing up

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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 making sure that your thesis is correctly bound by the company you select.

Final copies

UCL no longer requires a printed copy of your final thesis and we will award your degree once you have met the academic conditions and the Library have confirmed receipt of your e-thesis, the Deposit Agreement form, and you have cleared any outstanding fees.

You will 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). Please ensure that you remove, or blank out, all personal identifiers such as signatures, addresses and telephone numbers from the e-thesis. Any photographs that you have taken should not show identifiable individuals without their permission and any you have taken of children should mask their faces.

If you do wish to deposit a hard copy you can do so by sending it directly to the Cataloguing & Metadata department of Library Services by post, or in person at the Main Library help desk.  You will find more information about the process on the existing webpage for e-thesis submission. 

Find out more about depositing an electronic and printed copy of your thesis

Related content

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  • Format, bind and submit your thesis: fine art, design, architecture and town planning
  • Viva examinations: guidance

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For advice, you can  contact us  by filling out the advice form, or you can contact the KCL Advice Team  here . 

I’m having issues with my supervisor. Who can I talk to? 

You can contact your faculty’s Vice Dean for Doctoral Studies or your department’s Postgraduate Coordinator. Please also fill in the advice form to get specific advice on your case.  

How do I find out who my Postgraduate Coordinator is? 

Check your department’s website or any information you were given when you started your course. If this fails, ask your supervisor or email your department to find out. 

How do I find out who my faculty’s Vice Dean for Doctoral Studies is? 

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has compiled a list of Faculty Vice Deans for Doctoral Studies. You can find it  here  under ‘Faculty Contacts’. 

I’ve been experiencing problems with my supervisor or the way my programme has been organised. Can I submit a complaint? 

Yes. You can submit a complaint within 3 months of the incident(s) occurring. Complaints would not have academic outcomes and cannot be made anonymously. Potential outcomes could include an apology, financial compensation etc.  

We can give confidential advice and impartial guidance on this process, so please submit an advice form so you can get more specific advice on your situation. 

How do I change supervisor or supervisors?  

Your first step is to think about who you would like to work with next. If you have someone in mind, you can approach this academic informally via email or in person, explain about your research, and ask if they would like to supervise you. If they agree, you can then contact your department’s Postgraduate Coordinator, your faculty’s Vice Dean for Doctoral Studies, or your current supervisor if you feel comfortable doing so, and explain the situation. 

If you’re not sure who you would like to work with, then you can contact the postgraduate coordinator or vice dean to ask if they can find someone for you. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can also discuss this with your supervisor or supervisors.  

You can talk to your department’s postgraduate coordinator, or your faculty’s Vice Dean for Doctoral Studies. It should be possible to find out who these people are on your departmental website. The Centre for Doctoral Studies also has a list of faculty Vice Deans for Doctoral Studies. 

I’ve been having difficulties beyond my control. Can I submit a Mitigating Circumstances Form? 

No. Mitigating Circumstances Forms only apply to taught programmes such as undergraduate degrees and taught Masters. Instead, you can speak to your supervisor or Postgraduate Coordinator. If you need an extension, please see the advice below. 

I can’t meet my upgrade or submission deadline, what do I do? 

Please speak to your supervisor and explain the situation.  

Your supervisor can then fill out a form called an Exemption Request, which will be sent to the Vice Dean for approval.  

If your supervisor is away or unable to help you, you can contact your Vice Dean or your Postgraduate Coordinator. 

You can find more information on the extension process  here  under ‘PGR Exemption Requests’. 

I’ve been having mental health difficulties. Is there anyone who can help with this? 

Yes. The  KCL counselling service  is confidential, free and available for KCL postgraduate researchers. You can make an appointment directly through their online self-referral form  here , or you can get in touch with them using the details below: 

E:  [email protected]  

T: 0207 848 1731 

If you need to talk to someone,  the Samaritans  also offer a free confidential listening service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

T: 116 123 

I need to take some time out from my studies. How do I do this? 

You can contact your supervisor to discuss this. It is very important that you also contact KCL Advice (which is separate from KCLSU Advice) because interruptions can have financial or legal issues and can affect funding, accommodation and visas. 

The KCL Advice team can provide advice on financial matters. You can contact them on the phone, via email, or attend one of their drop-in sessions. Further details and how to contact them can be found  here . 

I don’t feel that my assessment was marked fairly, can I appeal?  

Appealing because you disagree with your mark is considered a challenge to academic judgement and will not be accepted. 

I need advice on funding or visas. Can you help? 

Unfortunately not. We can’t give advice on these issues, but the KCL Advice team can give you advice on these issues. You can contact them here: 


I’ve failed my upgrade twice. What can I do now? 

You can submit an academic appeal within 21 days of getting the result. To submit an appeal, you need to fill out the PGR Appeal Form for Upgrades. Please get in touch with us for advice on how to write your statement and fill this form out. You can find the PGR Upgrades Appeal Form and more information on the process  here .  

Please note the correct form for this is called PGR Appeal Form: PhD Upgrade and MD(Res) Transfer. 

Useful Links

  • Centre for Doctoral Studies
  • Contacts at CDS and in Faculties
  • Counselling Service
  • KCL Advice Service
  • PGR Documents and Regulations

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