Preparing for thesis completion? Students and staff – learn about the PhD examination process, PhD submission and the final stage – graduation!
Read about the examination process in detail, and check out our FAQ:
Select and download more information – including guidelines for the oral examination of the PhD and the procedure for convening doctoral examinations.
Are you a staff member involved in the selection of PhD examiners? These resources are for you.
Select and download the following FAQs and forms:
- Soft-bound submission FAQs
- Thesis Submission Declaration form (for softbound copies)
- Hard-bound submission FAQs
- Author Declaration Form (for hardbound and electronic copies)
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’.
For detailed information regarding graduation please refer to the Doctoral and Masters Information page of the graduation website. It is important that you check this page so that you are aware of the requirements and deadlines that you will need to meet for your particular graduation ceremony.
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.
Select and download the following information and forms:
- FAQ about Postgraduate Publishing Bursaries
- 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: