Submit your thesis

A PhD or Research Masters degree involves absorbing and interpreting vast amounts of existing information, developing new data or ideas, and with the advice of your supervisor, distilling these into a well-structured and clearly written research thesis, which is assessed by examiners of recognised international standing.

Each discipline area may have different requirements for the style of the thesis or, you may be submitting a thesis by publication or an exegesis with a creative component. It is important that you work with your supervisor to ensure you are on track for the style of thesis you plan to submit and that you read the relevant guidelines.

Thesis Submission Workshops

All HDR candidates nearing completion are encouraged to attend a Thesis Submission Workshop. These monthly workshops focus on the administrative process for the submission of your thesis, as well as the examination process through to the award of your Degree. Book now via the latest HDR Matters.

Thesis Examination Guidelines

The Thesis Examination Guidelines (PDF, 134KB) provide comprehensive information about how to prepare and submit your thesis for examination. Your thesis should also meet the requirements set out formally in the Rules Governing Higher Degrees by Research. Please contact Graduate Research if you have any questions.

Proof-reading and Editing of Theses

You may use a professional editor in preparing your thesis for submission. There are national guidelines for editing research theses. Please read these guidelines carefully, noting that before they commence the work, you will need to provide your editor with a copy of the guidelines, as well as evidence of your supervisor’s permission for the editing.

Submitting your thesis for examination

Your thesis is submitted electronically, via Blackboard. You may refer to the Thesis Submission Step-by-Step Guide, the Thesis Submission Checklist and the FAQs available on the HDR Thesis Examination Blackboard page. You need to log on to Blackboard with your student ID and password.

In addition to your thesis, you must submit a completed Thesis Examination Application Form, signed by both yourself and your principal supervisor.

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