In-depth Dissertation Proofreading Services

The In-depth Dissertation Editing Service is the UK's most intensive thesis and dissertation proofreading service

As a PhD or MA student, you will have known that proofreading and editing are the final stage before presenting your dissertation or thesis to your supervisor for assessment.

This rigorous dissertation proofreading service, which incorporates both thorough copy-editing and comprehensive proofreading of your academic manuscript, is particularly useful and effective for non-native speaker students and academics.

By far, the In-depth Dissertation Editing Service is the most popular thesis/dissertation proofreading and editing service we provide to MA & PhD students, academics and researchers. In 2018 alone, over 1,000 students undertaking Master's and doctoral degrees in universities in the UK, the US and across the world benefited from this service.

This dissertation proofreading and editing service has been of the greatest help particularly to non-native English speaker students and academics who need, not only a simple grammatical, punctuation and spelling check of their paper, but also a closer, deeper and a more critical review of their dissertation or thesis for the following elements: clarity and coherence of expressed ideas and argument; appropriateness and formality of academic tone and style; and language flow.

As explained thereafter, our expert academic editors and proofreaders will rigorously examine every aspect of your thesis or dissertation at two levels - proofreading and editing - to ensure it is neatly, succinctly and concisely written in appropriate formal, academic style and that it makes a coherent, consistent and connected whole body of work.

How do we correct and improve your dissertation/thesis in depth?

Whether you are a Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral student, your final dissertation will be the most important component of your academic degree. 

It is a piece of work into which you will have invested a great deal of time and effort. It is therefore vital that, when you submit your dissertation, it is as perfect as it can be. This is where we can help with our expert dissertation editing services. 

Our dissertation editing service, provided by a team of experienced specialist editors and
proofreaders, will go beyond traditional copy-editing requirements to ensure that your thesis
is edited to an exceptionally high standard whilst complying with the particular requirements
of your university. 

At the Ultimate Proofreader, we have provided hundreds of students with dissertation editing services that have ensured their work is error-free, concise, coherent, clear, and well-structured.

What are the basic things we correct?

We will scrutinise your work, word by word and line by line, to identify and correct any typographical errors (extra letters, incorrect spacing between words, additional full stops) that may have crept into your work. 

We will also ensure consistency in the use of fonts, line spacing, italics, bold type, and headings/sub-headings (such as numbering, underlining). 

Let’s now explain in detail what our intensive thesis proofreading services can offer you.

a) Grammar, punctuation, and spelling

It is vital that the thesis you submit is entirely free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors

This is because getting your grammar correct in your academic draft is the absolute minimum requested by universities.
For this reason, ensuring that your dissertation or thesis is grammatically correct is the first thing we focus on in your manuscript.

Our specialist editors will check your document thoroughly to identify and correct any errors of spelling that the spelling checker of Microsoft Word may not or cannot pick up on (such as “form” instead of “from”), errors of punctuation, and grammatical errors (such as using singular rather than plural expressions, the correct use of its/it’s). 

We find this service is especially useful to those whose native language is not English and who
may be unfamiliar with some of the grammatical conventions used (and indeed the many

We will also ensure there is consistency throughout in the use of either American or UK spellings.
Let us give you now a quick snapshot of how we fix your grammar with some specific examples (for illustration purposes only).


a)Subject-verb agreement (SVA)

Although it may sound too easy and simple, a large number of corrections we have to make in dissertations, essays and other academic papers we edit are related subject-verb agreement errors. This often results when you write a slightly long sentence where the doer of the verb becomes obscured. They are not easy to spot, especially if you are writing fast and need to finish an assignment ASAP because of an upcoming deadline.

Look at this example:

Original: The three main pillars of the social science theory, which is employed by the researcher, serves the purpose of the study perfectly.

Edited: The three main pillars of the social science theory, which is employed by the researcher, serve the purpose of the study perfectly.

Here is another example:

Original: Figure 3, which highlights the three shapes, mainly focus on the processes and duration of each activity.

Edited: Figure 3, which highlights the three shapes, mainly focuses on the processes and duration of each activity.


b)Use of conjunctions/connectors

While writing your dissertation or thesis, it is imperative that you connect between ideas to make your writing coherent and logical whole. One of the key language tools you will need to use to achieve this is conjunctions (connectors). However, many (including inexperienced editors and proofreaders) get them wrong simply because they are not aware of their correct usage in English.


Let's look at an example to show you how we fix them:

Original: The generalisability of the conclusions is affected by the sample size,however, the conclusions can still enrich knowledge and serve future research.

Edited (1): The generalisability of the conclusions is affected by the sample size; however, the conclusions can still enrich knowledge and serve future research.

Edited (2): The generalisability of the conclusions is affected by the sample size. However, the conclusions can still enrich knowledge and serve future research.

c) The use of tenses
Using the correct tense when you draft your dissertation, thesis, essay or journal is utterly important because using the wrong tense can be very confusing for your reader.

 In this academic study, I aim to present my findings and conclusions in the last chapter, which I wrote before the deadline requested by my supervisor.

Edited: In this academic study, I aimed to present my findings and conclusions in the last chapter, which I wrote before the deadline requested by my supervisor.

Original:I have reviewed the literature for my thesis two weeks ago.

Edited:Ireviewedthe literature for my thesis two weeks ago.

d)The use of modifiers

Original: The proofreader said the chapter was well written, but it's content needed further detail.

Edited: The proofreader said the chapter was well written, but its contentneeded further detail.

e) The use of the apostrophe, lower and upper case.

Original:Thetutors' complaintwas that the student was not following a qualitative research method.

Edited:The tutor's complaintwas that the student was not following a qualitative research method.
Original: The phenomenon was discussed at the level of the Whole World.

Edited: The phenomenon was discussed at the level of the whole world.

2. Spelling

In English, there are many tricky, confusing and commonly misspelt words, including adjectives, verbs and names.

a) Words

Stationery (stationary), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week), affect (effect) etc.

Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc

c) Typographical errors

  • They wanted too (to) discuss this in their academic paper.
  •  In the peeface (preface), they explained what they will discuss in their thesis.
  • Proofreading services are impotent (important).

d) American/British English

We will replace any American words or expressions with British equivalents, as exemplified below:

  •  Learned (American) Learnt (British)
  • Focussed (American) Focused (British)
  •  Center (American) Centre (British)
  •  Elective (North American) Optional course of study (British)
  • Characterize (American) Characterise (British)

3. Punctuation

Punctuation can sometimes be one of the most difficult things to get right in your dissertation/thesis/journal or essay. Some punctuation-related errors are too simple and result from oversight, others occur because of the writer's failure to use the punctuation marks correctly.

Let's look at some examples, easy and complicated:

1. The full stop (easy one)

Original: Jones and Smith (1994) argue that a model of risks and hazards could potentially have an impact on human safety, this is because harm is the result of human error, in their view.

Edited: Jones and Smith (1994) argue that a model of risks and hazards could potentially have an impact on human safety. This is because harm is the result of human error, in their view.

2. The colon (common error)

Original: Numerous researchers argue that cognitive biases emerge at three levels, social,economic, and cultural.

Edited: Numerous researchers argue that cognitive biases emerge at three levels: social, economic, and cultural.

3. The semicolon

Original: Several of the participants reported feeling anxious during theexperiment, however,they were reassured during the post-experiment briefing that this was a perfectly normal reaction.

Edited: Several of the participants reported feeling anxious during the experiment; however, they were reassured during the post-experiment briefing that this was a perfectly normal reaction.

4. Quotation marks

Original: However, although this might seem obvious, Xavier (2016, p.2) states that there exists a lack of effective curricula and learning/teaching materials on comprehensive sex education and adolescents get most of the information from their peers. Most of the time it will be vague and unclear information.

Edited: However, although this might seem obvious, Xavier (2016, p.2) states that, “there exists a lack of effective curricula and learning/teaching materials on comprehensive sex education and adolescents get most of the information from their peers. Most of the time it will be vague and unclear information.”

b) Clarity, flow, and precision

As part of our specialist dissertation editing services, our team of editors offer an intensive level of copy-editing that will improve the clarity, flow, and precision of each section of your thesis, as well as the overall piece of work.

This includes:
1) Refining the use of language so that it is appropriate to an academic thesis and avoids the use of slang/colloquialisms.
2) Removing any superfluous, redundant, or unnecessary words or phrases that add to your word count.
3) Identifying any phrases or sentences that have been inadvertently repeated.
4) Ensuring the referencing style has been adhered to correctly and consistently throughout.

c) Style

Our team of academic editors will also enhance the style of your dissertation by making alterations and suggestions in relation to:

1) Alternative forms of punctuation that enable you to structure your sentences so that they organise and express your ideas more clearly, e.g., the oft-overlooked use of semi-colons and colons.
2) Using alternative, more dynamic words in place of bland, commonplace, or overused words (e.g., “exhibits”, “illustrates”, “demonstrates”, rather than “shows”)
3) Ensuring the correct use of tenses throughout. We find this is especially useful for those whose native language is not English. This is extremely vital in a dissertation as you are guiding your reader through each stage of your project (beginning, middle, and end) and will therefore need to use different tense throughout.
Thus, in your literature review you will need to use the past tense for research that has already been conducted and the present tense for the key ideas and concepts you are explaining and discussing. The aims and objectives of the dissertation, including the research questions and hypotheses, should also be written in the present tense as this is how they were originally formulated (as is the case in any research proposal). The method and results/findings section should always be written in the past tense as this is what you did. The discussion and conclusions should then revert to the present tense as you are now discussing and explaining your findings to the reader. In an abstract, which is a summary of your dissertation, several tenses may be used depending on the subject of your sentence. In general, the present tense is used except when referring to methods and results/findings.
4) Rephrasing and/or shortening complex sentences so that your ideas are expressed much more clearly.
5) Consistency in use of first/third person. The choice of which to use will often depend on whether your project is qualitative or quantitative. As a general rule, quantitative projects will be written in the third person and qualitative projects in the first or third person (depending on university requirements). What matters most is that you are consistent throughout and our specialist dissertation editors will check that this is the case. We will also ensure that, in a first-person project, “I” is used rather than “we”, as the use of the latter can be both ambiguous (who is this referring to?) and inaccurate (the thesis is an individual piece of work)

d) Structure

As a key feature of our intensive dissertation editing services, we will focus closely on
improving the structure of your dissertation in the following ways:
1) Reordering some sentences/paragraphs so that they tell a more logical story.
2) Adding sentences/phrases that link sections or paragraphs together. This further enhances the logical flow of your essay.
3) The addition of well-chosen words that can help link one sentence to the next, such as “however”, “nevertheless, “moreover”, and “furthermore”.
4) Identifying and highlighting any sections of the work whose meaning is unclear.

In addition, for each section of the thesis, we will focus on the following aspects:
Abstract: Are the correct tenses used? Are all aspects of the thesis addressed? Does it flow and is it easy to understand? Perhaps most importantly, is it between 150-200 words? If it is too long (which is often the case) we can condense it for you without losing any valuable information.
Literature Review/Introduction: Rather than presenting a list of previous studies, our teams
of specialist dissertation editors and proofreaders can help reshape your work so that it
focuses on key theoretical issues and debates. We can also ensure that there is a smooth and
logical progression from the issues addressed to the research questions/hypotheses
presented at this chapter.

Method: We can help ensure that this section is easy to follow, presented in chronological
order, and that nothing appears to have been missed out.

Results (Quantitative Dissertations): As part of our thesis editing service, we will make sure
that this section is clearly and appropriately laid out. In particular we will check that your
statistical results are presented in the correct format and that any graphs and tables are set
out clearly and are free from any errors. We will also ensure that all headings and sub-
headings are accurate (figures and tables are often confused) and that each section flows
logically into the next.
Findings (Qualitative Dissertations): Our team of specialist editors can help you with this
section by ensuring there is a logical and purposeful flow to the presentation of the findings,
that headings and sub-headings are used appropriately, and that all quotes and extracts are
presented in the correct format and style and contain essential information such as transcript
numbers and participant details.
Discussion/Conclusions: We can help you with this section by reordering and restructuring
where necessary to ensure there is a logical flow to the points you are making and that
headings and sub-headings are used appropriately. We can also highlight areas where
coverage may be weak or entirely lacking, such as discussion and justification of future
research or an evaluation of the project as a whole, and make suggestions as to how these
can be improved.
References/Bibliography: This is a vital section that can often be rushed if you are short of
time or it may cause confusion if you are unsure about the referencing style you should be
using. Our thesis editing service will include careful checking to make sure that all references
are listed in the correct alphabetical order, in the correct format, and are accurate and
complete. We will also check that all in-text citations are correctly formatted and cited
throughout based on your preferred referencing style, whether APA, Harvard, MLA or others.

Original:VR technology is characterised by a sense of immersion, interactivity and multi sense. (Zhang et al, 2017)
Edited:VR technology is characterised by a sense of immersion, interactivity and multi sense (Zhang et al., 2017).

Original:Education is related to every age group (Nieto and Ramos, 2013:6).

Corrected:Education is related to every age group (Nieto & Ramos, 2013:6).

Appendices: Finally, our team of specialist editors will double-check your appendices to
ensure they are labelled correctly and are presented in the order in which they are referred
to in the text.

e) Length/Reduction

All dissertations must be of a certain length; which usually means adhering to a specified maximum word count. This can sometimes be very challenging. Our team of specialist editors will therefore help reduce your work so that it falls within the required limits. Often this is achieved by removing redundant or repeated information/words and tightening the use of grammar. 

Sometimes, however, it will also involve combining and condensing key
ideas and information, and replacing lengthy phrases with just one or two key words that
convey the same meaning. Students often feel this is one of the most valuable services
offered by our specialist editors and proofreaders.

What else do we fix and correct formatting-related errors in your thesis/dissertation/essay?

  • Double spaces between characters, especially after a full stop wrong or missing headings or titles in a table, or captions misaligned columns or rows in a table
  • Misaligned margins
  • Misaligned headings
  • Incorrect text references
  • Inconsistent bullet formatting
  • Incorrect fonts/font sizes
  • Incorrect capitalisation
  • Footnotes or endnotes 
  • Interchanging small words such as: of/off/on, and/an/as, or it/is/if incorrect use of trademarks
  • Missing numbers in a numbered sequence/list incorrect dates
  • Inconsistent use of abbreviations
  • Contractions: i.e didn't/did not


In line with proofreading and editing guidance from most universities in the UK and around the world, we advise undergraduate and postgraduate students benefiting from this thesis/dissertation proofreading service that:

  • We DO NOT check or correct factual information within the work;
  • We DO NOT add new material to the original work;
  • We DO NOT change the ideas and arguments presented within the work;
  • We DO NOT check whether calculations, diagrams, figures, statistics, formulae are factually correct or not;
  • We Do NOT change the sequence or ordering of the chapters and sections of the dissertation.


"I would certainly recommend this dissertation proofreading service to anyone who would like to have their thesis completely scrutinised and improved in terms of everything...English, structure, ideas, organisation etc," Maison, a Master's degree student.

"The dissertation editing and proofreading service is wonderful, it has made my dissertation look much much better...I highly recommend for those keen on the best quality for their academic papers," Ali, a PhD student.

"I am a big fan of your dissertation proofreading services, particularly this one which has been a great help to me in organising and presenting my ideas in the best shape. I am glad I chose the in-depth dissertation proofreading service because it has significantly improved my long dissertation," Shenai, a Master's degree student.

"The substantive professional academic proofreading service is truly indispensable for academics like me, given the level of intervention from the editors of the Ultimate Proofreader. Although they do not announce it, they provide excellent Arabic to Engilsh translation services as well," Zina, a Master's degree student.

In-depth Dissertation Editing Service - Sample

Common Questions & Answers

  • Are your proofreaders and editors from the UK?
All our proofreaders, editors, copy-editors and rewriters are UK-based native English speakers.
  • Do you write dissertations/theses or essays?
We are a specialist academic proofreading and editing service. We proofread, edit and improve essays, dissertations and other scientific and academic papers, but we DO NOT write them.

  • Do you use software or tools to proofread my academic paper? 
No. We do not use any tools or software for proofreading or editing or any of our services. We use human editors, real academic language experts with an eye for detail. To clarify, we do our work manually to ensure high quality and accuracy.

  • Do you have editors and proofreaders with expertise in scientific subjects and other fields?
Yes, we have subject-expert proofreaders and copy-editors. We have edited and proofread thousands of dissertations, essays and journals in various scientific and non-scientific fields.

  • Do you charge for reviewing a second draft of my paper if my supervisor asked me to make changes?
If the changes introduced in the dissertation or essay are minor, we do not charge you again. However, if your supervisor requests changes that involve deleting and adding new sections to your paper, in this case we will charge you only for the new added parts.  

  • What if my supervisor is not satisfied with my paper and asks for additional proofreading and editing?
If your supervisor is not entirely happy with a manuscript that we have edited and proofread, we will review it again for you at no cost. But any specific comments from your supervisor will help us to know where the problem is and fix it.

  • Do you check for plagiarism in my thesis/essay/dissertation as part of your proofreading and editing services?

This advanced thesis proofreading service UK-based service does not include checking plagiarism.
Students usually use Turnitin to check the similarity rate before sending us the final draft of their essay, journal or dissertation.

  • What if similarity is too high in my literature review?
If you find that there is a high similarity rate (plagiarism) in the literature review section of your thesis, we do offer a professional paraphrasing/rewriting service in which we rewrite the parts with a high similarity rate professionally so that your paper can pass through the plagiarism detection software successfully. We provide only manual paraphrasing services.

  • Are your prices inclusive of VAT?
All our quoted prices are inclusive of VAT. You will not need to pay any hidden or extra fees. Our pricing policy is fair and transparent.

  • Why should I trust you?
Unlike many other proofreading services providers, we provide genuinely top-quality proofreading and editing services at highly reasonable and fair prices. Because ever proofreading agency says they are the best, you can do three simple things to see if we are worth your trust:

1- Look at our samples
2- Read verified reviews from clients about us
3- Send us a 100-word sample of your essay or dissertation and we will do it for free.

  • Will your proofreader & editor implement the language-related changes he or she suggests in the copy or do they just highlight them and expect me to do implement them?
All changes, amendments and improvements required in your dissertation/dissertation or essay will be introduced and implemented by the editor. 

What makes us different?

If you are reading this now, you will most probably have gone onto Google to search for “dissertation proofreading services” or “thesis proofreading services” or "thesis proofreading services uk".

You must be a postgraduate who finished university and is studying for a Master’s or PhD degree and wants to get your drafted dissertation or thesis proofread and edited by a professional English academic proofreader or editor.

No wonder if you are a non-native English speaker who is – understandably – more worried than native students that their academic piece of writing might not be up to scratch. Nearly over 90% of our clients who request dissertation proofreading or editing services are not native English speakers. It is a fact we understand quite well. Here what is what the Studying in the UK Organisation says:

  • As of 2016/17, 442,375 foreigners started studying in UK
  • Chinese students shared slightly over 21% (95,090) of the total enrollments in British universities as of 2016/17

You will also be concerned that your foreign and native peers have got a competitive edge over you and are more likely to score better results and marks than you.

Now, and genuinely now loud and clear, say good bye to these worries and concerns and put them behind your back, forever.


Because you have come to absolutely the right place. We are perhaps the only genuinely specialist provider of thesis and dissertation proofreading services around the world. We seriously mean it. There is not out there a service provider who can easily match the quality of our dissertation editing and proofreading services.

We will help you submit a dissertation that is perfect in every sense, a dissertation written up to a native English speaker, a dissertation checked and proofread by genuine specialist editors who spent their lives proofreading and editing for PhD and MA students, a dissertation that has been thoroughly cross-checked for language and content, line by line, word by word and letter by letter.

We do not give false promises or empty talk like many other scammers who claim they are providing dissertation proofreading services.

Nothing is easier, nowadays, than someone, or some people, launching a website for dissertation proofreading services and going out marketing their website whose content – ironically – is full of the most basic language errors and mistakes, mistakes that even a beginner level student of English would not make. Yes, one of those websites writes English as “english”. You can imagine how the quality of your dissertation proofreading or editing will be if you make the mistake of trusting any such provider with such an important academic manuscript that you have spent at least two years of hard work and study to complete.

Why us? Yes, you might now be asking yourself: why should I trust you, the Ultimate Proofreader, with my dissertation or thesis?


1-     We will edit and proofread a sample of your dissertation beforehand in order to give you an opportunity to see if we are just making claims or are genuinely a top-quality provider of dissertation proofreading and editing services.

2-     The editors and proofreaders who do the work are all native English speakers; not only that, but they are also former lecturers, professors and university tutors themselves.

3-     We have got both: the academic and scientific knowledge and the genuine (and I stress genuine) editing and proofreading expertise – a combination that will make your dissertation or thesis fly very very high.

4-     Not only one proofreader or editor but two will work on your paper. Why? Because we want to make sure that there is a zero chance of even the smallest mistake hiding somewhere in your dissertation or thesis paper. If a mistake or error escapes the first editor, rest assured, it will be caught by the next one.

5-     Free revision, yes free revision; should you receive your document back and feel that there are things that require further scrutiny or fixing, we will simply take the document and send it back to the editor or proofreader who worked on your case to revise, review and fix as per your instructions and notes. All this will be at no extra cost. We are a responsible dissertation proofreading services provider and we truly believe that our job ends only when the customer is happy.

6-     Transparency: we have a very clear pricing system whereby you will be charged a flat rate calculated per 1,000 words. Unlike other service providers, we do not say this is a technical dissertation or this is a complex thesis and you should therefore pay more. No, no, no. We do not do that. Whether your thesis or dissertation long or short, complex or not, technical or not, etc, you will be charged the same flat rate per 1,000 words.

7-     We are 100% committed to deadlines. Submitting a dissertation or thesis on time is certainly not a joke; it is something that we value the importance of and take very very seriously. And, being honest, this is an essential business value for us. If we fail to deliver on time and as per deadlines, will you ever return to us again? Will you ever recommend us to your colleagues and friends? Will you ever spread a good word about us as a leading provider of dissertation proofreading and editing services? I highly doubt. For this reason, we simply are committed to deadlines 100%.

Now, the decision is all yours. Want to try us? Order our dissertation proofreading services now and give your thesis or dissertation the quality it deserves.

Interested in attempting to proofread your own dissertation or thesis? Here is our full and complete guide to editing and proofreading your thesis/dissertation or essay.