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Submission

Once your thesis is ready for examination you must submit:

  • three temporarily bound copies for a Masters, or
  • four temporarily bound copies for a PhD

to the Research Office at the Casuarina Campus of the University.

This must be accompanied by a letter from your supervisor indicating that the thesis is ready for examination. In exceptional circumstances you may apply to the Director Postgraduate Research Studies to submit your thesis without the written support of your supervisor.

You must also ensure that your thesis complies with the Rules for the Presentation of Theses submitted for a Professional Doctorate or Higher Degree by Research.

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Examination

On receipt of your thesis the Research Office will immediately send it to the approved examiners who are allowed up to eight weeks to complete the examination of your thesis. This may take longer in some cases, however, once the eight week period has elapsed the Research Degrees and Scholarships Officer begins to contact the examiners on a regular basis to encourage the examiners to get their reports back as soon as possible.

The examiners shall examine the contribution, quality, scholastic content, and in the case of PhD, originality. The examiners shall consider the presentation of the thesis and shall make a report on all their findings in writing. Their written reports, accompanied by their recommendations on the Examiner's Report form regarding the award of the degree shall be submitted to the Director Postgraduate Research Studies.

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Examination reports

When all the reports have been received by the Research Office the examiners reports are sent to the Faculty in which the candidate was enrolled, for consideration by the Faculty Examination Committee. The Dean or delegate will forward a recommendation regarding the examiners' reports to the Director Postgraduate Research Studies for approval. The Director Postgraduate Research Studies will consider the recommendations from the faculty and make a final determination on the outcome of the examination. There are 6 choices of decision:

For a PhD, the report shall be concluded with a recommendation of one of the following options:

  1. the degree be awarded without further alteration to the thesis;
  2. the degree be awarded, subject to the typographical errors being amended as specified in this report, to the satisfaction of the Research committee;
  3. the degree be awarded, subject to amendments being completed as specified in this report, to the satisfaction of the Research committee;
  4. the candidate be required to submit to a written, oral or practical examination as specified in this report;
  5. the candidate be required to re-enrol to complete further work and the thesis be resubmitted for examination;
  6. no degree be awarded.

The Director Postgraduate Research Studies will inform you in writing of the outcome of the examination and refer you to your supervisor for discussion of the recommendation and examiners' comments and reports.

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Corrections and amendments

Candidates are allowed three months to complete any required corrections, amendments or typographical errors as recommended by the Director, Research Studies.

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Lodging the thesis

Once all the corrections and amendments have been completed to the satisfaction of the University you must lodge three hard bound copies (one on acid free paper) of the thesis with the Research Office in accordance with the rules that govern the degree. These are accompanied by a memo from the supervisor, endorsed by the Associate Dean, Research and Postgraduate Studies of your faculty, indicating that all requirements have been fulfilled.

Upon lodgement of the thesis the Director Postgraduate Research Studies will recommend award of the degree of PhD or Master by research, through the Chair of the Research Committee and Academic Board, to Council.

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CDU related links:

Rules for Presentation of Theses for a Professional Doctorate or Higher Degree by Research (rtf)

Rules for Examination of Theses submitted for a Professional Doctorate or Higher Degree by Research (rtf)

Common rules for PhD