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Submission and examination

Information for current HDR students

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 submission
  • The principal supervisor organises two suitable examiners
  • HDR candidate sends an email to to get a record of the Research Enhancement Program workshops you completed during the candidature (section 4 of Form HDR3439:Theses Submission Declaration & Approval)
  • 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 for 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 one form and submits to the faculty for approval

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

After completion...

To show your gratitude towards supervisors or other collaborators, you are welcome to purchase gifts.  However, as implied by the CDU Gifts and Benefits Policy, these gifts should not exceed $100 in value—primarily to prevent either actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

After they complete their research degree, some graduates are aware of their career aspirations as well as how to pursue these aspirations.  Other graduates of research degrees are uncertain how to proceed.  Should they

  • seek a role in academia
  • pursue a research career in other industries, such as government or health
  • utilise their skills in roles that are not related to research, such as policy or consulting?

To help you answer these questions, you could:

  • undertake some of the activities in the online Careers Centre, available from the portal
  • discuss career opportunities with your supervisor and the CDU Careers Centre

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