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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


Format of submitted work

Your supervisor and you agree on the details of the format in which the Independent Study is to be submitted.

The work can be a traditional text-based dissertation presented in paper or electronic form, or a combination of a practical element and written critique.

There are no rules for the details of page layout, referencing styles, binding etc.

It may be easiest if the format follows the usual requirements and guidelines for dissertations in the department(s) of the suprevisor(s), but this is entirely up to your supervisor and you.

If you need presentation guidelines:

  1. Binding: The choice of binding is up to the student.
  2. Size: It is expected that the paper will be A4. Other sizes can be used, if appropriate to the nature of the Independent Study and approved by the supervisor.
  3. No restrictions are placed on the size of any drawings, maps or similar material, which should be either bound in with the study or placed in a wallet fixed to the back cover.
  4. Margins: It is expected that margins will be: 40 mm on the left-hand side; 20mm on the right hand side; and appropriate top and bottom margins. Other sizes can be used, if approved by the supervisor.
  5. Running headers and footers can be used in the top and bottom margins for such things as page numbers and chapter titles.
  6. Text and photographs etc can be printed on one or both sides of the paper.
  7. Text: Normally one-and-a-half line spacing should be used for the main text and single line spacing for indented quotations or footnotes. Other spacing can be used, if approved by the supervisor.
  8. Numbering of pages: All pages, including appendices and those solely with drawings, maps or photographs etc, should be numbered. Pages can be numbered consecutively in one sequence starting with the title page as page 1 or with Roman numerals (i, ii, iii .) for the preliminary material and Arabic (1, 2, 3 .) for the main body of the work.
  9. Sequence: Material should be arranged in the following sequence:
    • Title page, with declaration, as follows:

      [the full title of the Independent Study]

      submitted by [student name]

      [student number]

      to the University of Exeter towards the Flexible Combined Honours Degree

      [month and year]


      I certify that all material in this study which is not my own work has been identified


    • List of contents
    • List of accompanying material (if any)
    • Text (divided into chapters, sections etc)
    • Appendices (if any)
    • Glossary (if any)
    • Bibliography