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PhD Thesis Proofreading and Editing

PhD theses take years of hard work, and I truly admire your perseverance and commitment to creating new knowledge.  Could I help you polish your thesis to perfection?  It is often the case that PhD students become so familiar with their own work that they overlook small mistakes and instances where arguments are not expressed as clearly as they could be.  In these situations, a fresh pair of eyes can be useful. Also, it is sometimes the case that students have been asked by their supervisors to consult a proofreader/editor.

I am happy to proofread and edit PhD theses in the following areas, as I have higher degrees, knowledge and work experience that relate to these disciplines:

  • Applied linguistics

  • Business

  • Development studies

  • Education, especially related to overseas students

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Media and communications

  • Politics

  • Public policy, especially related to health

My most recent commissions, for example, have been in linguistics, development studies, architectural history and political communication.

What is the difference between proofreading and editing? 


Proofreading includes fixing language issues such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style. Editing, on the other hand, focuses on making sure that the meaning and logic of your work are crystal clear; this involves carefully reviewing your thesis as a whole, at the paragraph level, and the sentence level to make sure that it is coherent (i.e. it makes sense and is logical) and cohesive (i.e. your ideas are joined up properly) and that you express yourself clearly in a manner that conforms to the expectations of your supervisor.  In my experience, it is the editing element that adds the most value; it is something that Grammarly and ChatGPT cannot do!

My service

My service combines proofreading and editing as standard to give you the best results possible. 

When I proofread and edit your work, I review the following issues:

- Grammar
- Spelling
- Punctuation
- Word choice
- Academic tone
- Sentence structure
- Consistency of terminology and style (very important in long documents such as Phd theses)
- Citations and references

- Title, headings and captions
- Logic and meaning, coherence and cohesion


I will make appropriate changes and suggestions using track changes in Word and deliver to you a marked-up copy and clean copy with my suggestions accepted. I am also happy to format your work.

Please contact me at to discuss your requirements. I am happy to work on the whole thesis or chapter by chapter (which is more usual). In all cases, however, it is always useful to have a preliminary discussion about the style to be used, timescales,  and communications during the proofreading and editing procedure.

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