regulations apply to all theses. They might also apply to
postgraduate dissertations, projects, and other original work if
the regulations for the degree or diploma specify that the work is
subject to the conditions laid down in General Course and
Examination Regulations Section L, and shall be submitted in
accordance with those regulations.
otherwise specified in these regulations, 'relevant Dean' means the
relevant Faculty Dean in the case of Master's theses and the Dean
of Postgraduate Research in the case of PhD or DMA theses. HOD/HOS means
the Head of Department or School, and the HOD/HOS may delegate to a
programme director or other suitable person. Where a thesis student
is enrolled in a research centre, HOD/HOS means the Director of the
For regulations specific to individual degrees, see the
relevant Master's Degree
Regulations, the PhD Regulations and
Guidelines and the DMA Regulations and Guidelines.
Students and staff are
also referred to the Postgraduate Studies website, where policies and guidelines relating to thesis work are
departure from the following regulations requires the approval of
the Dean of Postgraduate Research acting on behalf of the Academic
All theses shall be
supervised by more than one supervisor.
One supervisor shall be
designated the Senior Supervisor and shall be responsible for
ensuring administrative and regulatory requirements are
The Senior Supervisor will normally be
a member of the continuing academic staff of the University and
shall be appointed by the relevant Dean on behalf of the Academic
Board, after considering the recommendation of the HOD/HOS (see
Note 2. above).
Any other supervisors shall
be appointed by the HOD/HOS in consultation with the candidate and
the Senior Supervisor. Such supervisors need not be members of the
student's school/department and need not be members of the continuing
Other supervisors may be
designated as co-supervisors, associate supervisors or members of a supervision committee, as appropriate.
The names of the supervisors
and their affiliation to the University if they are not continuing
academic staff shall be recorded on the Research Proposal in 2
The relevant Dean may, after
consultation with the HOD/HOS, replace a Senior Supervisor, and the
HOD/HOS may replace any other supervisor if there is good reason to
All students undertaking
research towards a thesis shall submit for registration a Research
Proposal to the relevant Dean no later than:
two months from the date of
enrolment for the thesis work for full-time Master's
four months from the date of
enrolment for the thesis work for part-time Master's
four months from the date of
enrolment for the thesis work for full-time Master's students
enrolled concurrently for thesis and course work;
six months from the date of
enrolment for doctoral students;
unless the relevant degree
regulations specify otherwise.
Every PhD Research Proposal shall
be accompanied by the 'PhD Registration (Research Proposal)' form
which includes a standardised agreement signed by the student, the
Senior Supervisor, and the HOD/HOS, and which sets out expectations
regarding supervision, resource availability, and
Theses shall be written in
English or te Reo Māori.
The stipulation that a thesis will be written in English or Māori
does not preclude significant portions of illustrative or analytic
material being written in a language other than English or te Reo Māori
where this is appropriate. Students intending to submit and defend
their thesis in te Reo Māori must seek permission at the time of
registration. A recommendation will be made by the Assistant
Vice-Chancellor (Māori) or nominee on the candidate's fluency and
literacy in te Reo Māori in the thesis subject and the likelihood
of being able to find appropriately qualified examiners for the
All students undertaking
research towards a thesis shall submit progress reports to the
relevant Dean. The progress reports will be accompanied by the
standard form on which the Senior Supervisor comments on progress.
Master's students will complete a progress report every six months; the first report
being due six months after the date of registration of the Research
Proposal. Doctoral students will complete a progress report every six months; the first report being due six months after the date of registration of the Research Proposal.
At the time of the initial
submission to the Postgraduate Office for examination, a thesis should
normally be in electronic form. The candidate shall submit a PDF of a thesis embodying the results of the research and the “Use of Thesis” Form, which can be found on the Postgraduate Studies website.
Note: A student may request to submit a hard-copy of the thesis for examination rather than a .pdf version if the format of the thesis requires such.
If submitted in print form, a thesis should be soft (not ring) bound. If submitted in print form, two copies of a Master’s thesis and two copies of a Doctoral thesis are submitted for examination.
examinations for PhD candidates will normally be conducted in English or te Reo Māori. The work shall be examined by such
persons as are appointed by the Council on the recommendation of
the Dean of Postgraduate Research, after consultation with the
HOD/HOS. The HOD/HOS must consult with the supervisors.
For Master's students
there shall be two examiners:
one examiner must be external
to the University;
one examiner will normally be a
continuing staff member of the University but not a member of
the supervisory team.
For PhD students there shall
be two external examiners. At least one of these shall normally be from
overseas. No member of the supervisory team may be an
The student has the right to
make a case to the Dean of Postgraduate Research that a nominated
person not be an examiner.
When the work is forwarded for
examination, it shall be accompanied by a certificate from the
Senior Supervisor stating that the work embodies the results of
research carried out by the candidate under the direct supervision
of the supervisors; and stating what part the supervisors played in
the conduct of the research and the preparation of the
The examiners of any thesis
shall each submit independent reports to the Postgraduate
Office. After both PhD examiner reports have been received, copies
shall be given to the candidate's Senior Supervisor, who has the
right to make a written report to the Dean of Postgraduate Research on any aspect of the examiner's
In the event of any
disagreement between examiners, after the Department has taken all
reasonable steps to achieve consensus, the Dean of Postgraduate
Research may appoint an adjudicator, in which case the
result shall be determined by the adjudicator. This regulation is
subject to any other regulations providing for the resolution of
After a candidate has been approved for the award of the appropriate degree, he or she shall deliver to the University Library Collections an electronic copy (as a PDF file) of the final version of the thesis, to be uploaded to the library website. A candidate may also deposit a hard-bound copy of the thesis if he or she so wishes.