Word Count Guidance

Please note that any words over the word count will not be marked.

The following content is NOT included in a final word count:

  • Abstract
  • Title
  • Contents page
  • Reference list
  • Bibliography
  • Footnotes (these should be used for references only; those containing large amounts of text will be treated as if they were part of the main body of text). Footnotes should only be used where directed by the module convenor.
  • Appendices
  • Words used in tables, graphs and other forms of data presentation (including titles of figures)
  • Equations

The following content IS included in a final word count:

  • Main body of text
  • In text quotations
  • In text references
  • Section headings
  • Footnotes containing large amounts of text (unless indicated otherwise by module convenor)