The word limit for your thesis is 100,000 words (exclusive of any text that is being edited, and of bibliography, but including notes, glossary, appendices, etc.) The Faculty Board strongly encourages you to write no more than 80,000 words and you should take care to ensure that your thesis topic is feasible within these limits.
The DGS may permit an increase of up to 20,000 words if a convincing case is made that the additional material would be for the convenience of the examiners. Your supervisor should write to the DGS in support of this increase.
Candidates who for special reasons (e.g. the need to quote at length from unpublished or inaccessible sources) cannot confine themselves within these limits should apply through their Supervisors to the Board for permission to exceed them by a stated number of words.
Such applications should normally be submitted to the Academic Administrator (Graduate Studies) not less than three months before the intended date of submission of the thesis. This is to allow time for approval of the request. A thesis that exceeds the permitted length may be returned to the candidate for abridgement.
It is not permissible to submit a thesis in excess of the word limit with instructions to the examiners to consider only certain selected chapters.
Because of the large numbers of subjects, languages and disciplines covered within Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, each of which may have its own particular scholarly conventions, it is not practical to set out here a full listing of modes of citation; this is a matter on which you should seek guidance from your supervisor early on in your research