Binding Dissertations Oxford

There are tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of theses bound by Maltby’s stored in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. We offer a complete thesis service, to the highest standards, with cloth soft bindings for initial, and hard back case bindings for final submission.

You have probably spent three to four years preparing your thesis. For peace of mind, in knowing it will be bound to the correct specification for whichever college you have studied at, come to Maltby's. We are in Pony Road on the Horspath Trading Estate, just off the ring road, opposite BMW Mini. Customer car parking is available.

We use the highest quality materials and keep in stock a complete range of coloured cloths. We also have crests for the majority of Oxford Colleges. If you wish to keep a bound copy for yourself, why not incorporate your College Crest?

We produce a large number of thesis bindings for students who have studied outside Oxford. The same fast service is available for these students, with additional postal delivery.


Normal service is 48 hours (Monday to Friday), whether you require one or several copies.

First copy, hard bound, lettered on spine (square back) £28.00.

Additional copies, hard bound, lettered on spine (square back) £27.50 each.

Lettering on front cover up to maximum 4 lines £7.00. Most Oxford Brookes Departments require this facility; therefore the total price for Oxford Brookes students is, first copy £35.00, two or more copies £34.50 each.


All binding is carried out on the premises: therefore, we can provide a 24-hour service, with your thesis ready by 4.30pm the next day, if delivered by 3pm. Alternatively, theses delivered by 9am can usually be finished by 4.30pm that same day (excluding Fridays). 24 hours’ notice is essential for both services. Please note that our bindery closes at 12.15pm on Fridays so completed orders will be ready the following Monday.

24-hour service, hard bound, lettered on spine (square back) £38.00 per copy.

Same day service, hard bound, lettered on spine (square back) £50 per copy.

Maltby’s also produce cloth, soft bound editions.

24/48-hour service, soft bound, no lettering £15 each.

48-hour, soft bound, lettered on spine, £20 per copy.

24-hour, soft bound, lettered on spine, first copy £25 per copy.

Special editions can be produced in full, half or quarter bound leather or imitation leather, and also with marbled papers. Round backs, head and tail bands and ribbon markers are also available. Blocking can be in gold, silver or other coloured foils plus crests. Pockets for maps and guards for photographs can also be inserted.

Prices quoted are for A4 sized theses. Larger sizes may cost more and take longer. Prices are subject to change without notice.


Binding and depositing of master's dissertations and M.Litt. and D.Phil. theses

Final dissertations for one-year master's programmes

All dissertations have to be bound. For the M.Sc. and M.St. degrees, hard bindings are not necessary, as these dissertations are not deposited in the Bodleian Library (except in the case of dissertations for the M.St. in History of Art and Visual Culture which are on the recommendation of the examiners deposited in the Sackler Library). All that is required is some sort of binding that makes the dissertation easy for examiners to handle, i.e., that keeps the pages together and allows the dissertation to be opened easily. The cheaper forms of soft binding, such as thermal binding or (with reservations) comb binding, are in most cases perfectly adequate; loose leaves held together by paper clips, however, are certainly not acceptable at all. – Master's dissertations approved by the examiners may be voluntarily deposited electronically with the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).

Dissertations for two-year master's programmes and theses for research degrees

One copy of every M.Phil. dissertation and M.Litt. or D.Phil. thesis is deposited in the Bodleian Library after a successful examination. This copy must incorporate all the corrections the examiners may have required, and must be in a permanently fixed binding, drilled and sewn, in a stiff board case in library buckram, in a dark colour, and lettered on the spine with the candidate’s name and initials, the degree, and the year of submission. Library copies of M.Litt. and D.Phil. theses are to be handed in (for the attention of the Research Degree Examination Office) at the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG, and must be accompanied by completed and signed consultation (either GSO.3a or GSO.3b) and cataloguing (GSO.26) forms. (M.Phil. dissertations, also accompanied by these forms, should be submitted direct to the Bodleian Special Collections section.) Doctoral students admitted since October 2007 are in addition required to submit an electronic copy of their thesis to the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). – You are warned that leave to supplicate is conditional upon delivery of the library copy of your thesis and that you may not proceed to take your degree until this has been done.

If you are out of the country when the time comes to submit the library copy of your thesis, you may find it convenient to arrange printing and binding remotely. The following website may be of help: Your College may also have advice in this regard: you will need to get in touch with them anyway to organise graduation, schedules for which are completely in the hands of colleges.


Students registering from 1st October 2007 and following D.Phil.,M.Litt. and M.Sc. (by Research) programmes must deposit both a print copy of their thesis in the library AND an electronic copy in the Oxford University Research Archive(ORA).  This development of deposit and, where appropriate, access to a digital copy is in line with activities in other HE institutions in the UK and internationally.



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