The following sections are contained within help and you can also download our Fact File on Thesis binding here.


Tips for preparing the layout of your thesis for printing and binding

  • Prepare your thesis well in advance so that you don't need to rush it or panic at the end to meet your deadlines and remember to take into account the time needed to have it converted to PDF format, printed, bound and delivered
  • Check the examination boards' specifications before you begin and plan carefully including budgeting for the cost of printing, binding and delivery
  • Minimum margins: All text, graphics, tables, graphs, page numbers, foot notes, headers etc. should have a 2.5 cm (1") minimum margin around all edges to allow for sewing or gluing and trimming once printed
  • Single side printing, paper stock and special requirements. We will usually print your thesis single-sided on high quality 100 gsm white bond paper unless you instruct us otherwise in the NOTES section of the order form. If you want some pages printed double-sided or as A3 foldouts then you should let us know when ordering. You do not need to leave a blank page between each page to be printed

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PDF Conversion

Once you have made sure that you're completely happy with the content and layout of your finished thesis then you will need to convert it as a single file to PDF format (portable document file). PDF is the only format we can accept for digital laser printing as it will preserve the exact accurate typography and layout of your work true to how you want it printed regardless of the application and platform you have used to generate the document. You can convert any document to PDF irrespective of its size. However, if you use the free online PDF converter tool on this website, then your original file can be no larger than 2MB.

Please note: We can take no responsibility for checking or changing submitted files before printing. It is your responsibility to ensure that there are no typographic errors, problems with page numbering or omissions from the document both before conversion and after you have received the file in PDF format.

Our free PDF converter can be used to upload a single file for conversion. The converted PDF file will then be emailed back to you so please make sure that you have an active email account. After you have checked your PDF, you can then upload it using our online order form page.

If there are any formulas, special fonts or characters, or landscape pages (ie a change in page orientation) in your thesis, then please include these page numbers in the NOTES section of the order form.

Three ways to convert your document to PDF from your computer

  1. Mac Users: If you have a Mac you already have a PDF print driver installed. Simply print to PDF from the document source.
  2. Adobe Acrobat Writer installed: If you have Adobe Acrobat Writer on your PC simply print the document to PDF and create it this way.
  3. FREE DOWNLOAD: Alternatively, you can download freeware software PDFCreator to your computer. Search for free conversion software online.

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Using our Easy-Calculator

Before placing your order, you will need to enter the details of your thesis printing, binding and delivery/collection requirements into our Easy-Calculator. This will generate the total cost. To use the Easy-Calculator you need to know the following:

  • How many copies you want
  • How many black and white and colour printed pages per copy. Please ensure your count is accurate or this could lead to a delay in your work being sent
  • What type of binding you want
  • Details of any extras such as pockets for CDs, DVDs or loose inserts
  • The turnaround time (service level) you want
  • Whether you are collecting the finished bound books from The Copy Shop based at the Mile End campus or having them delivered. If you choose the delivery option, then you need to give us delivery details.

Individual costs for these options are shown in the Easy-Calculator. You can find out more about these options below.

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Colour or black ink only printing

Our digital printers will automatically print any pages with coloured text, photos or graphics contained within them in colour and so no matter how little colour is contained on the page you will incur the colour page printing cost. All other pages without any colour will be printed in black ink only and charged at the black ink only printing rate. So take account of any hyperlinks on the page, black charts made up of colours etc as these will be charged at the colour cost. It is your responsibility to count black and white and colour pages accurately when you submit your work.

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Service levels

We have a great reputation for meeting the deadlines expected by our customers. However we can accept no liability, under any circumstances, for any delay in providing this service as it could be due to circumstances beyond our control.


Same day print and bind service.
This service is available but cannot be submitted using Queen Mary, University of London’s thesis binding website. To get a same day service, use our specialist partner Blissett Bookbinders, based in west London.

  • Your PDF must be emailed to by 7.30am.
  • Please phone them after you have emailed to submit the details of your order on 0208 992 3965. Ensure you mention this is a Queen Mary, University of London submission to get our special price
  • Personal collection is required if your thesis is needed the same day. Alternatively you can select one of our delivery methods.
  • Payment is required with your order on the phone, and you will be advised on collection times for your finished work.

Premium Service
Next day (24 hour)
From the time you submit your thesis, we work to a strict 24 hour service for collection or dispatch. Allow the additional time for delivery.

Standard Service
Two day service (48 hours)
From the time you submit your thesis, we work to a strict 48 hour service for collection or dispatch. Allow the additional time for delivery.

Five day service
Five day service
From the time you submit your thesis, we work to a strict five working days service for collection or dispatch based on your work being sent to The Copy Shop or your own chosen delivery point. Allow the additional time for delivery.

Our calculator prices are based on the following;


  • Black & white per page    £0.05p
  • Colour page                    £0.40p
  5 days 48 hours 24 hours Same day
Binding style        
Hard bound thesis £18.00 £20.00 £25.00 £39.00
Soft bound thesis £10.00 £12.50 £15.00 £20.00
Wiro binding £6.50 £6.50 £8.50 £9.50


  • Plastic CD Pocket                         £1.00
  • Plastic corner pocket for inserts      £1.00
  • Hand made pocket (cloth)               £5.50


The stated services below are based on our chosen courier company not failing in their level of service and no liability will be accepted by the Queen Mary, University of London thesis binding website or Blissett Bookbinders for any failure in this regard. We will normally email you the details of dispatch. It is your responsibility to ensure somebody is available to sign for and take delivery.

Please note all services below are for UK deliveries only unless specified otherwise. We can arrange for deliveries abroad but we can only cost this upon completion of the work due to differing weights and postage rates.


Personal collection £0.00
The Copy Shop £0.00
1-3 day courier £12.00
Premium delivery next day before 12.00 including Saturday £26.00
London (Blissett Bookbinders van) £15.00
Highlands and Islands/Ireland £25.00

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What are the binding options?

We will sew and bind the printed pages for you either as cloth covered Hard bound books or cloth covered Soft bound books with lettering on the spine and/or front covers. The College requires a standard medium blue binding with gold lettering running up the spine If you would like additional personal copies in a different specification, then you can choose which colour cloth you want for the hard bound or soft bound bindings, as well as the colour of the spine and front cover lettering.

Alternatively you can have the pages bound together using our Wiro bound binding facility without any spine lettering of course but with a choice of cover combinations and spine wire colours.

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Are discounts available?

Although no discount is available on the printing charges, Wiro Bound formats or delivery costs, you will be given a 5 per cent discount on the binding costs if you order at least four or more copies of any hard bound or soft bound formats at the same time for delivery to one address.

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What extras are available?

The following extras are available with your thesis binding:

  • Cloth pocket for loose inserts
  • Plastic pocket for CD inserts
  • Plastic corner Pockets for loose inserts

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Terms and conditions

Important Information on delivery options:

  • We can arrange to deliver to any single UK mainland address either by Royal Mail Special Delivery (guaranteed next working day) or by secure courier within a maximum of 3 days. Most deliveries by courier are made the next day but please make sure that there will be somebody in to receive and sign for delivery otherwise the parcel will be returned to us.
  • We can also dispatch to the Highlands and Islands or to Ireland on a 3-day basis and will be pleased to quote for deliveries overseas if requested in advance. Contact us at:

Costs for packaging and delivery by the different options are shown inclusive of VAT in the Easy-Calculator.

While all efforts are made to ensure your work is sent out within deadlines, Neither Blissett Bookbinders or, Queen Mary, University of London cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for late submissions which may be due to production issues during the print and bind process. Nor can any responsibility be taken for the loss of work in transit. Whilst all efforts are made to deliver your work accurately, our responsibility for delivery by UKMail is limited to having a signed proof of delivery which will be provided by UKMail on request. No responsibility whatsoever is taken for the loss of work by normal postage. Any other loss, in the event of a successful claim against the College is limited to the cost or producing print and binding at the Colleges expense.

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Is VAT payable?

There is no VAT payable on your thesis printing and binding as the service is currently zero rated by HM Revenue and Customs. VAT is charged on packaging and delivery charges at the standard rate.

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Cover colour options

QMUL specifies a medium blue cover material for thesis binding. The lettering should be up the spine in gold foil with Degree, Year and name and initials.

You can specify different options for personal copies if your wish.

For wiro bound formats
Please contact The Copy Shop based on the QMUL Mile End campus.

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Payment options

If you are ordering online then your payment details will be required when you place the order and payment will be taken from your credit or debit card before any work commences. You can pay on a Mastercard, Visa, Switch, Delta or Solo charge card by giving details on our secure encrypted payment page. Confirmation of your order and payment will be sent to you by email.

You will still need to submit your payment details when ordering online, even if you are collecting your work personally.

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Do I need to reserve orders in advance?

There is no need to book an appointment in advance if planning to visit our Copy shop or to reserve an order prior to sending your order on-line. Check Shop opening Times ›

However you need to phone the binding company – Blissett Bookbinders – in advance if you require additional or urgent services to ensure they are possible. Remember to mention you are from Queen Mary, University of London to get our specially negotiated prices and service.

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Other Services

We will print from a remote disc or storage stick if delivered or posted to us or from an attached file sent by e-mail provided the file is in PDF format. We can also provide a photocopying service if multiple copies are required from an original hardcopy or just bind from your own printed copies. Please ask us for details of current prices for photocopying and binding or binding only. Contact Us (

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