Q. What is included in a word count?


Before starting your work, please refer to your module handbook or contact your tutor for guidance on word counts, as requirements may differ slightly.

Generally speaking, the word count will include the following:

  • All titles or headings that form part of the actual text.
  • All words that form the essay (the main body of text).
  • All words forming the titles for figures, tables and boxes, are included but this does not include boxes or tables or figures themselves
  • All in-text (that is bracketed) citations
  • All directly quoted material

It will not include:

  • All words that form the title page
  • All words that form the reference list
  • Captions added to visual material (i.e. diagrams, tables, maps, and/or images)


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  • Last Updated 10 Aug, 2021
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