Thesis Printing and Binding

After three or four years working on your PhD, you want to get the printing done right! MuPrint can print and bind your thesis to university requirements, quickly and without any fuss.

Printing

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 our customer PCs.

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

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

Manchester Metropolitan University

For softback binding, the MMU Research Student Handbook states that the temporary binding must be Perfect (glue) binding – which takes 1-2 days and costs £12.50 (up to 25mm thick) or £18.95 (up to 50mm thick)- however students have told us that other types of softback binding have been accepted and we offer a selection of these while you wait. Please confirm this with your supervisor or Faculty Research Degrees Administrator.

We understand that there is no longer a requirement to submit the final Thesis in hardback format.

If you require hardback binding – as a personal copy for example, or for your supervisor or sponsor – 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.

University of Manchester

The standard regulations state that prior to your Viva, you must submit two bound copies of your Thesis. Most students choose soft back binding for their first submission as it is quick and inexpensive. MuPrint can channel bind your Thesis to University of Manchester standards with gold lettering on the spine. This takes only 5-10 minutes (not hours or days) and costs £5.80 per copy.

The standard lettering required is in this style:

PhD              YOUR NAME              2017

Note that with the modern style, there are no stops in “PhD” 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. If your Thesis 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 it 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.

There is no longer a requirement to submit hardback bound copies of your Thesis once you have passed your Viva at the University of Manchester.

If you require hardback binding – as a personal copy for example, or for your supervisor or sponsor – 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.

If you wish to re-use all or some of the pages from your Channel bound Thesis, bring it back to us as we have the equipment to take the binding apart.

Other Universities

We’re happy to print and bind theses 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 thesis or dissertation, MuPrint are university printers you can trust.