At the end of your degree program you will submit a thesis (or an exegesis with a creative, visual or professional practice component) for examination by independent experts in your field.
NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU SUBMIT YOUR THESIS /EXEGISIS ON OR PRIOR TO THE MAXIMUM EXPIRY DATE OF YOUR CANDIDATURE.
The examination process/ timeline:
8 weeks prior to thesis / exegesis submission
After consultation with your School and supervisors,
On receipt of your abstract, the Graduate Research Office will:
Of course this process will take place confidentially. You are permitted to provide your School with names of examiners that you do not want to examine your work (and accompanying reasons), but that is the extent to which you can be involved in the process of examiner selection. These examiners will know nothing about the way your research project was conducted other than what is contained in the thesis/exegesis that you present for examination. In addition to your research outcomes, it is important that the thesis is self-contained and that it clearly conveys your research, how it relates to the field as a whole, how the project was pursued, what techniques/methodologies were used and how successful they were.. All this must be presented in an integrated, coherent form which demonstrates that a significant and innovative contribution to knowledge has been made.
The Head of School returns the Nomination form to the Graduate Research Office, who formally invite the nominated experts to examine your thesis/ exegesis.
Submission of thesis/ exegesis:
You need to submit:
These should be accompanied by the:
More detailed guidelines about what is required to be present in a UTAS thesis / exegesis are available here. Details about formatting, length, and referencing will of course be dependent on the discipline in which you have conducted your research. You should talk with your supervisory team about these details.
If you are in receipt of a scholarship, your payments will cease when you submit your thesis / exegesis.
You are able to track your examination process via the “examination” tab in iGrad. This will inform you when your examiners are nominated, when thesis / exegesis copies were sent, and when examiners’ reports are expected.
Examiners are requested to return their reports on the written thesis within six weeks. The Graduate Research Office advises that examination timelines normally fall between three and six months.
Once all of your examiners’ reports are returned, they are:
When you have completed any required corrections or revisions, your Head of School will inform the Graduate Research Office. We will then advise you of the identity of your examiners and invite you to submit final copies.
You need to submit:
Once you have fulfilled all of the requirements the Graduate Research Office will request Academic Senate approval to award the degree. Following this approval you will be listed as "eligible to graduate."
Graduation ceremonies occur each year in August and December. If all of the above steps are completed, the Graduation Office will contact you with ceremony information in the lead up to these dates. This will be via email to your UTAS address.
If you would like your degree to be conferred outside of the scheduled graduation ceremonies, you may apply for special permission to graduate in absentia at a meeting of the University Council. To do this, send an email making this request to the Graduations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about Graduation can be obtained from the Graduation Office.
Authorised by the Dean of Graduate Research
16 March, 2012