Southampton University Essay Format

The University provides templates in Word and LateX which meet the requirements set out in the Regulations.

Whole thesis template

Use this to produce the whole thesis in one long Word document. It contains all of the required sections from title page to bibliography, with refreshable Tables of Contents, Table of Figures and Table of Tables.

Separate Chapter, Front Matter & End Matter templates for Word & Mac

If you don’t wish use the whole document template then use these to create each chapter of the thesis and the front matter. It comes ready made with usable styles that meet the University’s thesis Guidance requirements

  • Chapter template for Word 2007 /2010 /2013 /2016 (PC) or 2008 /2011 /2016 (Mac)
  • Front matter template for Word 2007 /2010 /2013 /2016 (PC) or 2008 /2011 /2016 (Mac)
  • End Matter for Word 2007 /2010 /2013 /2016 (PC) or 2008 /2011 /2016 (Mac)

Copyright Statement coversheet

All e-theses require the University thesis copyright statement is included in front of the main title page in the final e-version submitted.  The wording of the statement should not be altered in any way. 

The Word template (PC or Mac) above has the statement included but earlier versions did not. Should the statement be missing from your file it should be:

  • added before creating the final pdf version 
  • located in front of the main title page using the document below 
  • should not be included in the numbering of the thesis.

LaTeX templates currently do not include instruction on how to add the statement so it will need it to be added individually as a single double-sided page. Contact for advice

The statement is not required in the print copies submitted for examination or as a final copy.

The following guides outline how this can be done in Word documents. 

Visual guides are also available on YouTube:

Vancouver is a generic term for a style of referencing widely used in medicine, using a numbered reference list.

The Faculty of Medicine uses the version of Vancouver as found in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Style Guide

This guide was originally produced by Imperial College London Library for Vancouver referencing, and edited with permission for BMJ variation by University of Southampton Library

Further information

The BMJ house style includes general writing guidance, details of punctuation, grammar and spelling, and referencing instructions for authors.

Cite Them Right Online gives you examples of citations and references produced in a number of different styles including some examples using Vancouver. You could use the available examples as a point of reference, but you may need to adapt it to follow as closely as possible to the style used by your Academic Unit.


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