PhD Proofreading

PhD Proofreading

As part of any post-graduation course or degree, students are expected to submit a number of essays or assignment papers throughout the duration of the course, in addition to the end-of-study dissertation or thesis paper.

The dissertation or thesis manuscript usually includes a literature review, research objectives, discussion of research topic, results and conclusions, as well as recommendations for future research and study.

As an MA or PhD student, you will need to ensure that your thesis or dissertation paper is written and presented in the best possible language, style, format, structure and order.

Why this is important? Because these elements are simply worth marks; the assessing supervisor or professor allocates marks to grammar, punctuation, spelling, clarity, presentation and relevant aspects. These marks are very important, and they should never be wasted.

Let’s take a look at what universities say about this in order to appreciate how important it is to get your dissertation proofread and edited professionally before submission. 

According to the dissertation marking criteria for the University of Warwick:-

80+

70 -79

60 – 69

50-59

Well-structured with outstanding use of headings and sub-sections that clearly show the development of a logical argument.

All points can be appreciated in one reading.

Well-structured with excellent use of headings and sub-sections that show the development of a logical argument.

Most points can be appreciated in one reading.

The work is easy to read and understand and is well thought through.

Overall structure and the length are appropriate.

Main points can be appreciated in one reading.

A satisfactory overall structure that may lack balance in certain areas or fails to integrate fully all of the material.

Possible inclusion of irrelevant information.

It is easy to appreciate the main points in one reading. Some points may required rereading.

 

Extremely well produced showing outstanding written communication skills with faultless grammar and spelling.

Well produced, showing a high level of written communication skills with few grammatical and spelling errors.

Effective presentation of dissertation, showing generally good written communication skills with good spelling and grammar.

It is acceptably written with adequate spelling and grammar although may contain some minor errors.

 

The University of Sheffield:-

 

First Class (70+)
A well argued and perceptive piece of work, making excellent use of an appropriate body of primary source material; showing independence of thought, as well as an ability to locate a topic within the historiography; well written, with style and fluency; developing and articulating a clear thesis.

90+
Outstanding work in all aspects that is thoroughly independent, original and insightful; significantly pushes the boundaries of existing historiography; suggests major revisions to our understanding of the topic; writing that has attained the highest professional standards in the discipline.

80-89
Exceptional insight, weight and sophistication. Indicates an ability to undertake advanced historical study with imagination and tenacity. Clear command of the primary sources used. Highly accurate work, analytically rigorous, demonstrating thoroughly original approaches and developing existing historical work in significant ways.

75-79
High level of critical and innovative thought. Evidence of a capacity to pursue independent lines of enquiry and to conduct perceptive and scholarly research on the basis of primary evidence.

 

The University of Exeter:-

 

Criteria For Marking Dissertations

Upper First Class (80%+)

This grade indicates work of very high quality which will demonstrate some, though not necessarily all, of the following:
Independent thought of very high quality, deep understanding of the implications of the question, an individual and particularly effective treatment of the material or topic, understanding of and substantial engagement with scholarly debates, sophisticated treatment of primary material, excellent control of a complex argument, and a scholarly standard of presentation (footnotes, citations, bibliography etc.).

First Class (70%+)

This grade indicates work of very high quality which will demonstrate some, though not necessarily all, of the following:
Coverage of all (or the most significant) areas and issues appropriate to the topic, control of an argument sustained across the whole piece of work, construction of coherent argument in individual chapters, a well argued viewpoint supported by evidence, an original viewpoint convincingly presented, the capacity to evaluate evidence, the capacity to adduce evidence from other fields, within or outside the ancient world, independent thought of high quality, and excellent organization, presentation and style (including footnotes and spelling), using appropriate and grammatical English.

Upper Second Class (60%-69%)

This grade indicates a very competent piece of work, which will demonstrate some, though not necessarily all, of the following:
Coverage of most of the areas and issues appropriate to the topic, a coherent and well-organized argument across the whole piece of work identifying most of the issues relevantto the topic, coherent and well-organized arguments in individual chapters, and a capacity to evaluate evidence, good presentation, showing sound command of English; The better dissertation will show evidence of wide reading and independent thought.