Create Your PDF

Before submitting your dissertation for print, it’s important that it’s provided to us correctly to ensure the best possible result.

The following instructions explain how to prepare your document for us to print for you, and assumes you are using Microsoft Word. However, it is your responsibility that the document meets any requirements set out by your university or examining body. If you are unsure, please check with them first.

Correct Page Margins

Standard Page Layout Diagram

Standard Page Layout Diagram

It is important that the margins on the document are correct. This prevents elements of the printed page being trimmed off or swallowed by the spine binding.

To avoid this, we recommend adding a wider margin on the inside of every page. The binding is likely to swallow about 5 or 6mm of the inside of the page, and so you’ll need to account for that. Therefore, we recommend an inside margin of at least 30mm (3cm).

To do this in Word, click on Layout (above the ribbon menu) > Margins > Mirrored. You can then define the settings to suit your needs. The default appears to be 2.54cm on each side, you’ll need the gutter to be at least 3cm. You can set this by selecting Margins > Custom Margins. Here you can then alter the gutter to suit your needs. If you want it to be exactly 3cm, you’ll need to put 0.54cm in to the Gutter field.

Click on the image to the right to view and download a template image to give you an idea, or enter your email address below to be sent an MS Word template to use and save yourself some time.
Tip: Your university/examining body may require a different size margin, so this is the kind of thing you should be checking with them!

Aperture Cover Title Pages

Dissertation Aperture Print Guide

Aperture Print Guide

If you’re choosing to have your dissertation presented with an aperture cover, you will need to make sure the title page displays properly through the aperture.

The aperture is 55mm from the left edge of the page and 60mm from the top. It is 95mm wide, with a height of 60mm, and we recommend you allow yourself an 8mm margin all the way around the inside of this area.

Click on the image to the right to view and download a template diagram that explains it clearly, or enter your email address below to be sent an MS Word template to use and save yourself some time.

Saving Your PDF

When your document is ready to save, just click File > Save As and then select PDF from the “File Format” dropdown option and then hit “Save” – that’s it!


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