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Submission and examination

Information for current HDR students
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To submit a thesis and to respond to examiners, candidates and supervisors need to complete a sequence of activities.  The following table outlines this sequence.  


WhenActivityMore information
A month or so before submissionThe principal supervisor organises two suitable examiners
  • For information on suitable examiners, read this document
  • For information around conflicts of interest, apply this document
  • For suggestions and templates on how to invite examiners, use this document
Two or so weeks before submissionThe candidate might arrange someone to edit the thesis
  • For information about editors, such as the boundaries of their roles, read this document


Just before submission

The principal supervisor submits two forms

Here are the two forms

Submission of thesis

The candidate submits

About 8 weeks after submissionThe examiners should return their assessment report to the University by this time 
About 10 weeks after submission

The candidate will be notified of the outcome.  They might

  • receive a pass
  • be invited to amend their thesis
  • be invited to revise and resubmit the thesis to examiners

If the candidate needs to amend or revise the thesis

Candidates can use this template to outline their amendments


For further information, visit