Submit a fluent and error free thesis

Worried about the quality of your writing? Need some expert help?
We’re the world’s most popular PhD-dedicated proofreaders, and we’ll make your writing shine.
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You’re the expert in your field.

We’re the experts in proofreading. 

Are you a non-native English speaker or do you struggle to write fluently? Are you worried about the quality of the writing in your PhD? 

That’s a problem, because a thesis with language and fluency issues will get sent back for costly and time consuming corrections.

We can help. 

We offer the world’s most popular and comprehensive PhD writing check-up. It’s our job to correct your writing and make sure your thesis reads like a native speaker wrote it. With our help, you can submit with confidence and be one step closer to calling yourself ‘Doctor’.

We’ve helped over 6,000 students graduate, so no one is better qualified to make your writing shine.

That’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

It’s your knowledge, our language.

Click here to arrange a writing check up now.

“The PhD Proofreaders exceeded my expectations. The end result was a dissertation which was not only written in proper English but had much clearer content as well.”

Andrew – University of Sydney.
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The world’s most comprehensive PhD writing check-up

Did you know it takes 40 hours to proofread an 80,000 word thesis? Or that your proofreader has to watch out for up to 100 common language, fluency and grammar problems?

You’ll certainly notice the difference when you open your thesis and you can’t believe your eyes.

You’ll notice it when long, hard-to-read paragraphs now flow seamlessly and that your ideas are presented with flawless, fluent writing.

When you get your proofread thesis back, you’ll think to yourself, “It reads like a native speaker wrote it”.

Our experienced proofreaders will comb your writing line-by-line. They check for anything that gets in the way of you presenting your research clearly and fluently.

So whether it’s grammar, syntax, repetition or spelling you struggle with, let us find the language flaws and correct them for you.

You’ll be one step closer to calling yourself Doctor


Interested in group workshops, cohort-courses and a free PhD learning & support community? 

The team behind The PhD Proofreaders have launched The PhD People, a free learning and community platform for PhD students. Connect, share and learn with other students, and boost your skills with cohort-based workshops and courses.
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We follow professional codes of conduct, so you know you’re getting a professional service

Trusted by over 6,000 students

Because we’re the most popular PhD-dedicated proofreaders, you know you’re in safe hands.

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You’ll love how we polish and fine-tune your text. If you don’t, we’ll proofread it again for free. If you’re still not happy, we’ll give you a refund.

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We have a strict Privacy Policy and will gladly sign a non-disclosure agreement to give you complete peace of mind. 

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Need proof? Send us a chapter from your thesis and we’ll proofread the first 500 words for free.

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Proofreading specifically for PhD students

We check for and correct mistakes with grammar, spelling, word use, repetition and tone. We spend 40 hours combing line-by-line through an 80,000 word thesis, so you know that no mistakes will be left. Even your examiner won’t read your thesis that carefully.

 We do everything we’re allowed to as proofreaders while preserving your integrity. We never disrupt or alter your ideas. Instead, we take what you’ve written and make it shine.

We understand deadlines

You’re up against tight deadlines and you feel under pressure to submit. That’s why we work quickly and efficiently when proofreading your thesis.

We typically take five working days for a 10,000 word chapter or 14 working days for an entire 80,000 words thesis.

Our turnaround times are guaranteed and we’ll clearly communicate them with when you order. We’ll never cause you to miss a deadline.

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60 disciplines, 100 countries, 6,000 satisfied customers

Our proofreaders are experienced in a wide range of academic areas. Our service is designed specifically for:

  • Non-native speakers of English
  • Native speakers looking for extra writing support
  • Those with learning difficulties
  • Those at every stage of the PhD
  • Students in every discipline
  • Those writing in US, UK or Australian English
  • Students from across the globe

Tailored to your requirements

You need to know that the person proofreading your PhD can understand the technical terms of your discipline.

That’s why we assign it to an accredited proofreader with expertise in your discipline. All our proofreaders have at least a master’s degree, with most having PhDs themselves. In either case, they speak your language.

Because we only proofread PhDs, we know the process inside out. We know exactly what’s required and what standard you should be writing at. You can be sure we’ll treat your thesis with the respect it deserves and catch every writing mistake.

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Safe, secure and 100% confidential.

You need to be 100% sure that you can trust the people working on your thesis. That’s why we treat your thesis safely, securely and confidentially. We treat it as if it were our own. 

We have a robust Privacy Policy and we will gladly sign a non-disclosure agreement to give you complete peace of mind. 

We will also work on a 500-word free sample, so you can assess the quality of our work, and we offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the finished product. 

What students say



Customer case study


Despite being a native English speaker, Sam was dyslexic and had trouble finding the right words and spotting mistakes in her writing. Academically she was very gifted, but she knew she needed someone to double-check the accuracy of her writing and to remove redundancies, repetition and any spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax mistakes.

The challenge we faced in this case was that Sam wasn’t sure when she’d be able to send over her work. She was waiting for feedback from both of her supervisors, who were both on annual leave and were notoriously unreliable. She was worried that we would be fully booked when she needed us and would be disappointed.

The solution was simple. By paying a 10% deposit, Sam was able to pre-book time with a proofreader and guarantee availability. We kept in regular contact and we made sure that she got the support she needed.

Later that month, we proofread her work, corrected all her writing mistakes and returned an error free, fluently written thesis. The thesis we returned was submission-ready and we even proofread her submission documentation free of change. She submitted successfully shortly after.



Customer case study


Daniel is a non-native speaker of English. Although he knew there were fluency errors in his thesis, he wasn’t fluent enough to correct them himself. That’s why he came to us.

The challenge was that we only had a short amount of time to proofread Dan’s thesis. His submission deadline was a little over a week away and his thesis still contained a considerable number of language mistakes. Dan was panicking.

We spoke on the phone so that we could talk through his timetable. We agreed to work in relay to get everything done in time.

The plan worked perfectly. Dan sent over each chapter when he had finished working on it and we combed his writing line by line, correcting any language fluency mistakes. Although we worked on a tight timetable, we provided the same high quality writing check up we offer all of our customers.

We returned each chapter as planned and Dan submitted on time. He passed his viva with no corrections.

Finishing a PhD is a difficult and nerve-racking endeavour   the final phases especially can be quite stressful. As I had re-read some of the chapters in my thesis over and over again, I felt that I could not really ‘see’ the words anymore, so I decided to look for a proofreader. I’m a perfectionist, so I figured that I’d save myself a lot of nerves by having someone look over it critically. While I’m not a native English-speaker, I’m a very confident writer, so I did not need any help with the language. Instead, I was looking for someone who could help spot typos as well as repetitions and general inconsistencies. I contacted a range of different proofreading services. The PhD Proofreaders stood out to me from the start. It felt very personal, and Max really took the time to listen to all of my enquiries. In addition to his expertise, he can empathise with the stress of handling the final stages of writing. Turnaround time was very quick, and the proofreading was generally quite thorough. The entire process was very smooth; we agreed on a timetable and he even managed to send comments back before the deadline we had agreed upon. Even after sending me his comments, he checked in regularly to see if I needed help with anything in the final weeks before submission. He is encouraging, always goes the extra mile, and super easy to communicate with; I was always able to get a hold of him when I needed something. All in all, it was well worth the money and I highly recommend his services!


PhD Researcher, University of Cambridge

Frequently asked questions...

What's included?

When we’re finished, your thesis will read like a native speaker wrote it. Included as standard:

1. Checking and correcting misspelling and incorrect punctuation.

2. Checking grammar and syntax. This can include rewording parts of a sentence or a whole sentence in order to clarify your English, which can be in US, UK or Australian spellings.

3. Leaving comments for you where the meaning of the text is unclear or confusing in order to help readability.

4. Identifying the incorrect use of words and suggesting alternatives or the need for you to investigate alternatives.

5. Ensuring consistency in terms of spelling,  punctuation, capitalisation and other aspects of style.

We always use track changes, so you can see every change that was made. Plus, we never guess your meaning – if anything isn’t clear we’ll ask for further clarification.

What isn't included?

There are strict rules governing what we are allowed to do. That means we can’t:

1. Edit your text to make it more concise.

2. Alter the structure of your text.

3. Feedback on the structure, content, or argumentation.

4. Cut the overall word/page count (although we may leave comments to suggest where you might do this).

5. Make stylistic changes to make the work more ‘academic’ or ‘professional’.

6. Format the text, tables, reference list, or in-text citations (sometimes we are able to do this on a case by case basis, please ask us when you make your booking).

Who will proofread my work?

Your work will be proofread by two accredited proofreaders with subject-specialism. We always assign the most qualified proofreader, so nothing gets misunderstood.

We always use contractors, meaning we have the pick of some of the world’s best proofreaders (and we know where to find them).

How can I trust you?

We offer a money back guarantee. That’s how confident we are in the quality of our work.

We also follow the rules laid out by your university or, where these aren’t available, the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading Code of Practice.

We also offer a free, no-obligation sample so you can see for yourself the quality our work.

We always treat your work securely and confidentially. We have a strict Privacy Policy and will gladly sign a non-disclosure agreement, to give you complete peace of mind. 

Avoid months of unnecessary corrections with a thesis that's right first time

When you first started your PhD you were fired by ambition and excited by the possibilities of your field.

Then reality struck. Writing 80,000 words of clear, error-free prose on a highly specialised subject is no easy task. If writing is not your forte, or English is not your first language, the challenge becomes even more daunting.

At The PhD Proofreaders, we understand the position you’re in.

Our mission is to make your life easier and less stressful than ours was when we were doing our PhDs. We saw people failing or facing months of corrections because of poor-quality written work, despite being experts in their field.

We’ve seen over and over again the value of a writing check-up. Language mistakes undermine all the hard work, time and money you’ve put into your thesis. They can harm your credibility and delay your graduation. Our writing check-up is a small price to pay to make sure your thesis is right first time.

PhD proofreading can transform the quality of your written work and allow you to submit a more competent thesis more quickly. 

Doctor. Sooner.

That’s what it’s all about.

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