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    Hey everyone

    So I handed in my dissertation on May 3rd and this has been playing on my mind since submission.

    I have been really ill, I had a medical concession last year and only returned to study in January this year to finish my final year. So, I have only had a few months to do my dissertation, with half the amount of supervision and I wasn't given an opportunity to submit a draft chapter like everyone else- its been pretty crap to be honest.

    My problem is that I was under the 10,000 word limit by about 700 words, I said that my word count was 9,700 (which is fine at my uni, they post dissertations that got firsts and often their count is only about 9,600-9,900) so I lied about an extra 400 words which is roughly a page of writing. In total, my page count is what you would expect for a 10,000 dissertation because it includes figures in the text so it doesn't look any shorter than past dissertations.

    I did a stupid thing by lying about the word count but it was hard enough getting the thing submitted - I really struggled in the run up to the deadline and the university is well aware of this. I checked the word count on some past dissertations - one which declared a 9,550 word count actually only wrote 9,064 words but still got a first and a few others were way under what they stated they were, all achieving firsts. I am not expecting a first by any means but do you think they will pick up on this? We had to hand in hard copies, these are marked, and then a Turnitin submission for plagiarism checks. It seems to me they don't check the actual word count unless the dissertation looks very long?

    Do you think they would have contacted me by now if they suspected any plagiarism or have noticed the inaccurate word count? Sorry, I am just so anxious about it now - all I want to do is graduate.

    Thanks for any help anyone can offer!

    Does your uni have a percentage of which you can be under or over the word count? At the uni am at it is 10% of the assignment. My dissertation was 8000 and I was over by 700 on it. I wouldn't have lied on the total word count as that's slightly dishonest but I don't think it going to cause you much issue. If your uni has something similar to 10% either side of word count then you got nothing to worry about. Writing under the word count suggests writing slightly too little but if it's concise and to the point you won't get penalised.

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