Academic Editing

Why thesis editing is essential

Your choice of editor can mean the difference between passing and failing your undergraduate or postgraduate degree. After many months (or years) of research, your thesis deserves a professional edit. Anything less will jeopardise your chances of success, and it’s just not worth the risk as sub-standard editing will cost you valuable marks.

In the words of one student: “Many of my friends had to resubmit their theses due to poor editing. It is very stressful because if you miss the submission deadline, you have to register all over again. It’s very expensive.”


Reduces Stress

Working with a professional editor makes finishing your thesis easier, not harder.


How editing will help you

Editing provides a check for typographical errors, grammatical mistakes. and technical editing.


Technical editing

TOC, numbered headings, lists of tables & figures, layout, and referencing according to your required style guide.

When English isn’t your home language

If English is your second or third language, mistakes with grammar rules and word definitions are common and these could sabotage your chances of a successful degree or post-graduate qualification.



Finding a suitable professional editor is the key to the successful completion of any academic research project. A friend recommended Brenda Burgess and it was a privilege and an honour for me to work with her – she edited my MSc thesis with passion, despite very limited time. Regular communications regarding changes gave me the option to agree or disagree with her suggestions, and the project was completed before the deadline. I would recommend the professional editing services of Brenda Burgess to anyone who requires polished and edited research work. Thank you very much Brenda - I will definitely use your professional services in the future.

Philbert Habimana, MSc Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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