The Examination Process
Resources for staff members involved in the selection of PhD examiners:
- List of Approved PhD Convenors of Examiners (in PDF format)
- Nomination of Examiners Form (for staff) (in PDF format)
The University of Otago Library has information on thesis organisation, copyright obligations and depositing an electronic thesis.
- Thesis Declaration Form (for soft-bound copies) (in PDF format)
- Author Declaration Form (for hardbound and electronic copies) (in PDF format)
Graduation is the final stage in the PhD examination process; only once graduation has occurred is the degree conferred, and can the candidate use the title of ‘Doctor’.
- PhD Graduation Cut Off Dates For August 2013 Ceremonies (in PDF format)
- PhD Graduate Cut Off Dates for December 2013 Ceremonies (in PDF format)
- Graduation Information Sheet (in PDF format)
- Graduation Booklet Form for Doctoral Candidates (in MS Word format)
- General Graduation Information
Postgraduate Publishing Bursaries
Postgraduate Publishing Bursaries are available to support candidates to complete papers arising from their research during the examination period. Eligibility conditions and regulations are appended to the application form.
- Frequently asked questions about Postgraduate Publishing Bursaries (in PDF format)
- Postgraduate Publishing Bursary (PhD) Application Form (including also the regulations)
- Postgraduate Publishing Bursary (PhD) Report Form
Exceptional PhD Theses
A thesis is of exceptional quality when all three examiners of a candidate's thesis agree that the thesis is of an exceptional standard in every respect - research content, originality, quality of expression and accuracy of presentation - and is amongst the top 10% of theses examined.
Lists of exceptional theses recently examined at the University are available on the respective Academic Division's website: