Examinations and completions

Discuss the submission of your thesis with your Principal Supervisor and supervisory team, seeking advice and comment on each draft prior to finalising your thesis. Your Principal Supervisor will need to approve your Intention to Submit form, verifying the quality of your research and thesis is suitable for examination.

You will be required to undertake the following steps for submission:

  1. Complete the Intention to Submit form at least 30 days prior to your submission date, including a 300 word abstract
  2. Advise your supervisor of any experts or potential examiners who you do not wish to examine your thesis
  3. Complete the Release of Thesis form with your supervisor in preparation for submitting your thesis. This form also needs to be signed by the Associate Dean Research and Executive Dean before the thesis can be sent to examiners
  4. Submit your thesis via email to the Graduate Research School in PDF form. File size must not exceed 10 MB.

Your supervisor will organise examiners in the lead up to your submission.

Examiners are provided with eight weeks to complete the examination process from the time they receive the hard copy thesis. Examiners may be provided with an extension due to extenuating circumstances or long thesis lengths. Examiners are not employees of the University, they are volunteers who are paid a small honorarium for their examination work.

The examiner may make one of the following recommendations:


  1. The thesis should be classified as PASSED without further examination; or
  2. The thesis should be classified as PASSED, subject to minor corrections made to the satisfaction of the Academic Board, that is, the thesis is suitable for conferral once the author has addressed nominated passages, textual errors, and referencing mistakes. These actions should largely be able to be undertaken independently by the candidate; or
  3. The thesis should be PASSED subject to major corrections made to the satisfaction of the Academic Board; that is, the thesis requires new data collection, new or revised data analysis, substantial rewriting of one or more chapters, or contains a large number of stylistic/presentation errors. These actions should be undertaken with ongoing input from the supervisory team; or
  4. The thesis should be classified as DEFERRED; the thesis requires substantial revision and re-examination by external experts and the Candidate should be permitted to submit the thesis for examination in a revised form; or
  5. The thesis should be classified as FAILED.

Exegesis and Practical Works

  1. ACCEPTED as meeting Masters/Doctoral Degree requirements,
  2. ACCEPTED as meeting Masters/Doctoral Degree requirements subject to changes being made to the satisfaction of the board, or
  3. the candidate should be allowed up to 12 months to revise the thesis (practical works and/ or exegesis) and to submit the thesis for re-examination, or
  4. FAILED.

Once all examiners reports are received, the Dean, Graduate Research School will analyse the responses and provide the Chair, School Examination Committee with a recommendation. For further information regarding recommendations and in-depth details regarding the examination process, including outcomes of examination please read the HDR Theses and Examinations Procedure. Once you've submitted your thesis, please direct any questions regarding the process to your supervisor.

For further information, please contact the Graduate Research School.