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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’re a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and are bound by their Code of Practice. That means you can be assured of the highest levels of quality and professionalism in everything we do.

Because we offer the world’s most popular and comprehensive PhD writing check-up, your thesis couldn’t be in safer hands. 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’.

If you need us to we can also check your references and bibliography, format your thesis, and comment on the overall readability and structure, for no extra cost to you.

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


“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. They can also format your thesis and comment on its structure and readability. 

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


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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 two working days for a 10,000 word chapter or seven for an entire 80,000 words thesis. We can work more quickly though if you need us to – just let us know (additional fees may apply).

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 students

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’re also bound by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading’s Code of Practice, so you can be sure of a professional, thorough service.

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.

Free Optional Add-Ons To Elevate Your Writing…

Every PhD is different, which is why we offer a range of add-on services alongside our core proofreading at no extra cost to you. You’ll be able to select which you need when you submit an inquiry below.  

Reference Checking & Formatting

If you need us to, we’ll format your in-text references and bibliography in line with any major style guide. We’ll also double check that your bibliography is complete, so you can be sure that all the references you mention in the text are accounted for, and vice versa. 

Thesis &Chapter Formatting

If the thought of formatting your thesis prior to submission fills you with dread, we can help. Following your university’s submission guidelines, we’ll make sure the entire thesis is formatted correctly. This includes fonts, margins, spacings, headings and so on. 

Readability & Structure Check

If you want a second opinion on the clarity of your argument and quality of your writing, we’ll help. If you want, our editors can provide feedback and advice on the overall readability and structure of the text and, where relevant, suggest areas for improvement. 

What other students say


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

“Without this personalised assistance, there is no way I would have felt comfortable paying a proofreader. The PhD Proofreaders couldn’t have done a better job. It was such a relief. The thesis they sent back read so beautifully and I was awarded no corrections.”

“You and your excellent professional skills can always cheer me up and bring me more confidence at the last stage of this long matharon.”

“Without The PhD Proofreaders, there is no chance I would have submitted my thesis on time. I wouldn’t have passed first time, either. My thesis was let down by poor English, so the money I spent was worth every penny. It was a great investment.”

“Your solidarity with developing countries’ PhD students who would never be able to afford other similar services, makes you standout not only high quality proofreading services provider but also an understanding and personal service supplier. This unique approach puts you at the helm of the pack.”

“After talking to Elizabeth [a PhD coach], I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night last night for the first time in months! Ahh to have this feeling over my destiny again is very nice”.  – Rachel, France.

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. Write or create content for you. This includes things like table of contents, abstracts or bibliographies. 

2. Alter the structure of your text beyond what would be expected in the proofreading process (i.e. we can improve language fluency, but we can’t restructure chapters). 

3. Feedback on the structure, content, or argumentation, unless you specifically request us to. 

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

5. Format the text, tables, reference list, or in-text citations, unless you specifically request us to.  

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 are a member of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders and are bound by their Code of Practice. That governs the quality of our work and the way we interact with you, and shows our commitment to professionalism. 

We also 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 governing how we manage your thesis and data, 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.


We keep our prices as low as possible, so we can help as many people as possible. You’re guaranteed the very highest quality work, or we’ll refund you in full (terms and conditions apply). We accept all major credit or debit cards, WeChat, Alipay, Klarna, or direct bank transfers.

Turnaround Times

0-5,000 words

One working day

5,001-10,000 words

Two working days

10,001-20,000 words

Three working days

20,001-40,000 words

Four working days

40,001-80,000 words

Five to seven working days

We guarantee these turnaround times, or your money back.

If you need your work back more quickly, let us know when you make an inquiry. We can meet even the tightest deadlines (additional fees may apply).

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