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Research Capacity Development

Remember that you need to ensure that your dissertation or thesis is thoroughly proofread and meets the necessary presentation standards before submission to your supervisor/promoter (see page 43 of the Policy, Procedures and Rules for Postgraduate Research Degrees: http://my.nmmu.ac.za/irc/403.01.doc). This does not mean that you need to use a professional proofreader or editor, but unless you or your friend are very good at proofreading and editing, it is usually recommended that you use a professional language editor.

You will need to pay for this service out of your personal /bursary funds, so don’t spend all your money before you are ready to submit your dissertation/thesis. You should estimate R10-R15 per page for such a service. A list of recommended editors, together with their current rates, is attached.

Note that while the Writing Centre can sometimes (depending on availability) work with your supervisor to give you feedback (free of charge) on the content and focus of your writing, it does not do final language-editing or proofreading.

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