General format


The recommended fonts are Book Antiqua or Times New Roman. Font size in the text must be 12. A larger font (14) can be used for headings.


The recommended line spacing is 1.5. Longer quotations should be single-spaced and separated from the text.


The Master’s thesis is printed and bound for examination.

When preparing the final draft of the Master’s thesis, make sure that the settings are set for 2-sided printing.  Under page layout, choose ‘Mirrored’ Margins and set the ‘Inside’ margin at 4 cm. The other margins (top, bottom, outside) should be set at 2 cm.

In research papers and theses that are not bound, use 2.5 cm margins on all sides.


Paragraphs can be divided either by leaving a blank line between paragraphs, or by indenting the first line of a new paragraph by five spaces.

If the paragraph follows a new section heading, the first line is not indented.

Page numbering

Page numbering should be visible from the first page of the introduction. Previous pages such as the abstract and contents are counted but are not given visible page numbers. The title page is not counted.

Page numbering continues until the end of the document, including the bibliography and appendices.

Place the page number at the centre of the top of the page.


For highlighting or emphasis, use italics. Bold print can also be used for clarity if necessary (for instance if you use a lot of linguistic examples that require italics).


Endnotes and footnotes should be used sparingly. If you do use notes, they should be placed at the bottom of the page using smaller font size (10) and single-spacing.