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    I am just finishing the first draft of my honours project write up, and I am over 2000 words short of the (8000-10,000 word) word limit The scope of my project was pretty limited (i was allocated it) and I have said everything I want to say in 6000 words! Has anyone else had a similar problem in the past? How strict is the word count usually? Is there any way I can bulk it up without sacrificing the quality of my report?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
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    I've not had any experience in this area yet, but I may have an idea. How about doing some sort of survey/questionnaire? Then you can talk about the results of that and if they fit in/do not fit in with what you would expect.

    I'll try to think of other ideas!
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    (Original post by CustardCreams)
    I've not had any experience in this area yet, but I may have an idea. How about doing some sort of survey/questionnaire? Then you can talk about the results of that and if they fit in/do not fit in with what you would expect.

    I'll try to think of other ideas!
    Thank you for your suggestion Unfortunately my project is a pretty sciency one to do with intrinsic membrane proteins so a survey wouldn't be appropriate. Thanks for trying to help though
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    Is there definitely a lower word limit? I'm going to have the same 'problem' with my project but my supervisor told me that as the study we've conducted is very neuroscience-y, papers in the area tend to be shorter anyway so he's quite happy for us to go below the recommended word count as long as we've said everything we need to say- better that than including irrelevant stuff just to reach the word count!

    So perhaps ask your supervisor what they think?
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    Can you extend the introduction? Put in another section on background info and elucidate further on reasons why your project was important/where it fits in to current theories etc?
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    Make sure you have:-
    Expanded the text

    Make the text clearer, more tutorial, and more thoughtful
    Add more examples and intuitions to help the reader
    Add new experiments/theorems/significance tests to leave no stone unturned
    Consider counterarguments, variations, and alternative explanations
    Give enough details to allow a reader to replicate the work or apply it in new settings


    Contextualize the ideas

    Open the thesis with a page or two that sells the work to a general audience
    Mention all obviously related work and explain how it relates to yours
    Discuss alternative solutions that you rejected or are leaving to future work
    Point out connections to other areas, including other possible applications of your ideas
    Describe possible generalizations (and try them if possible)
    Lay out future work for yourself or others
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    (Original post by tibbles209)
    I am just finishing the first draft of my honours project write up, and I am over 2000 words short of the (8000-10,000 word) word limit The scope of my project was pretty limited (i was allocated it) and I have said everything I want to say in 6000 words! Has anyone else had a similar problem in the past? How strict is the word count usually? Is there any way I can bulk it up without sacrificing the quality of my report?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
    Its a maximum word limit. ie dont go OVER that.
    better to leave it be than stretch it out, mine was nearly 2000 under and I did fine.
 
 
 
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