Masters Dissertation Printing and Binding

MuPrint can print and bind your dissertation to university requirements, quickly and without any fuss.

Why MuPrint?

You could get your dissertation printed and bound elsewhere, so why come to MuPrint?

  1. High speed Xerox 5790 black printer – prints 90 A4 pages per minute! If there’s no colour in your dissertation, you can get it printed faster.
  2. Fast Xerox colour printers – up to 60 full colour A4 pages per minute!
  3. Four customer PCs to print your documents from.
  4. Great Printing Prices – no more than 5p black and 25p colour (single sided A4 80gsm; other papers available at a small extra cost). Print more than 245 black or 263 colour and the price is even lower.
  5. High quality, high speed Xerox printing – not basic laser printers or slow inkjet printers.
  6. Printer accurately counts colour and black pages – no need to separate.
  7. Channel binding made to University standard while you wait  – literally 5 to 10 minutes!
  8. Extra staff and equipment to get the job done quickly.
  9. Owned and managed by Chris Leuty, with over a quarter century’s experience in university printing & binding.

Read on for more information…


We print your dissertation for you while you wait, in colour or black. You won’t pay more than 5p for a black A4 print or 25p for a colour A4 print. If you’re printing more than 263 colour or 245 black, you’ll pay even less per copy with our standard variable price. You can use the Price Calculator to check the standard price. Our colour printers are sophisticated enough to know the difference between colour and black pages so you can send it to print as one complete document – no need to waste time collating it afterwards. However, watch out for:

  1. headers and footers that contain colour text or lines – this will make every page colour.
  2. hyperlinks (web or email addresses) – these may be in blue or another colour; right click the link then remove the hyperlink.
  3. graphics that look black but were originally saved as colour – ensure that they are saved as mono, greyscale or bitmap before inserting them into your document.

We recommend printing from PDF files as these minimise problems but we do have Microsoft Word 2010 and LibreOffice (OpenOffice) on all four customer PCs.

We usually print onto high quality standard weight (80gsm) paper and you can choose recycled paper at no extra cost. We also have a selection of papers up to 120gsm which are suitable for dissertation printing, with a small extra cost per sheet.

If you wish to print your dissertation yourself, that’s fine – we’re still happy to bind it for you.

Taught Masters Dissertation Binding – University of Manchester

The standard regulations for the University of Manchester state that you must submit two identical copies of your dissertation, either hardback or softback bound. Most students choose softback binding as it is quick and inexpensive. MuPrint can Channel bind your dissertation to University of Manchester standards with gold lettering on the spine. This takes 5-10 minutes – not hours or days – and costs £5.80 per copy.

The standard lettering required is in this format, for example:

MSc              YOUR NAME              2017

Note that with the modern style, there are no stops in “MSc” nor after any initials in your name.

There is a physical limit of approximately 300 sheets of standard (80gsm) paper that can be channel bound. In the unlikely event that your dissertation has more pages or you have used a thicker paper then you will have to bind it into 2 separate volumes. Check the regulations for what you need if you bind in more than a single volume. If you haven’t already printed it, we can print it double sided for you but check with your supervisor beforehand as many prefer single sided printing only.

If you require hardback binding, please note that this will take a little longer: it cannot be done while you wait although a same day service is possible. Full details on the options available can be found on our hardback binding page.

Note that some Taught Masters courses are now accepting other types of soft binding with metal or plastic rings for dissertations. These are slower than Channel binding as they need holes punching, and we have fewer machines therefore we will have much less capacity to do these types. During the busy season, we even have a dedicated Channel binding team to speed through your binding if you have already printed. We therefore strongly recommend that you opt for Channel binding especially If you’re close to the deadline.

Binding Undergraduate Dissertations

Most undergraduate dissertations for all universities can be bound in any type of softback binding, so unless you have been told to have a particular type of binding, any of our three types of softback binding will be acceptable. We do:

  • Comb binding with plastic rings
  • Wire binding with metal rings
  • Channel binding with a flat, steel spine.

All these come with your choice of covers: usually a clear PVC front and a black card back, but we can put card or PVC front and back if you prefer. They all take just a few minutes to make and are normally done while you wait.

Comb and wire binding both have holes punched in the paper and the rings hold the dissertation together. These two types both open flat. They are also often mistakenly called spiral binding but, technically, this is a another type that uses a plastic coil. In our experience, if you are asked to provide spiral bound dissertations then comb or wire will be accepted.

Channel binding binds the dissertation so the end result is like a book that does not open flat. Because there is no need to punch holes into the paper it is very quick. There is also the option of having gold lettering on the spine (see below) and again, this can be done in a matter of minutes.

For the record, we do not produce the following types of soft binding:

  • Glue (sometimes know as Thermal, tape or Perfect) binding (can be sent to bindery – takes 1-2 days)
  • Surebind or Velobind
  • Spiral or Coil binding (use comb or wire)

Some undergraduate courses may require hardback binding; this cannot be done while you wait. The normal service is 2-3 working days but can also be done for the next working day, subject to a surcharge.

Masters Dissertation Binding – Manchester Metropolitan University

To the best of our knowledge, there isn’t a single standard across MMU for binding Masters dissertations.

The Business School accept softback Channel binding with gold lettering on the spine. This takes 5-10 minutes – not hours or days – and costs £5.80 per copy.

The standard lettering required is in this format:

SURNAME, INITIALS              MSc Full Course Name             2017

Please bring a copy of the regulations for your course so we can complete the work to the correct standard.

If you require hardback binding, please note that this will take a little longer: it cannot be done while you wait although a same day service is possible. Full details on the options available can be found on our hardback binding page.

Other Universities

We’re happy to print and bind dissertations for students from other universities. Please ensure that you bring a copy of the regulations so we can complete the work to the correct standard.

When submitting your dissertation or thesis, MuPrint are university printers you can trust.