Theses may be submitted for examination either in a permanently bound form or in a temporarily bound form which is sufficiently secure to ensure that pages cannot be added or removed. Following the award of the degree the Research Degrees Administrator shall require and lodge one permanently hardbound copy of the thesis or equivalent in the University library, one in the library of any Collaborating Establishment, and one to be passed to the student’s Director of Studies. A digitised version shall also be required for submission to the University’s institutional repository and, subject to agreement from the student on the Candidate’s Declaration Form, to the British Library. For further details of the binding, form and presentation of the thesis, please refer to sections 8.7 and 12 in the Research Degree Regulations. 

Thesis Binding Services

The University of Bolton library provides a thermal and a comb softback binding service for students. Comb binding has a plastic spine and thermal binding has a hard metal spine. Both types of binding have a clear plastic front and back cover. The library also offers a professional hard back dissertation binding service in conjunction with Walkers Binding. Orders can be placed at the Help Desk in the University of Bolton library. Please click here for further details about temporary and permanent thesis binding services at the University of Bolton.