Master's thesis submission for examination

Below is an overview of the master's thesis submission process. To submit your thesis for examination you must:

Please note: If you're away from Christchurch (either elsewhere in NZ or overseas) on approved extramural study at the time of thesis submission you do not have to return to UC to submit your thesis.

Take a look at What Happens After You Submit Your Master's Thesis. I‌nformation on grading criteria can be found in the Master's Examiner Report Form and Master's Examiner Recommendation Form

Once we have examined your thesis and you are eligible to graduate, we deposit a copy of your thesis in the University Library and it is available for public access. It is possible to embargo thesis for a period of time (usually no more than 24 months) if necessary (e.g., due to contractual arrangements with external agencies). For more information on the availability of theses for consultation and copying, and the related form and policy, see restrictions on the use of your thesis (Library website).

Appointment of master's examiners 

When you submit your thesis for examination, we ask your supervisors to nominate examiners to the Dean of Postgraduate Research who formally appoints these examiners. The underlying principle is to ensure independent experts examine your thesis in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see Selection of Thesis Examiners (DOC, 19KB).

The student and supervisors will discuss who the examiners might be and then will complete and submit the Masters examiner request form to the Graduate School.

Supervisors are also required to submit a Supervisor certificate at this stage. 

For master's examinations we aim to receive the written reports approximately eight weeks after the thesis is sent to examiners. It can take a further 1-2 weeks to finalise your grade and complete administrative checks before you will be eligible to gradaute, and Te Kura Tāura will send you an email confirming your examination process is completed once this is done. 

Any questions about thesis submission and examination can be directed to Te Kura Tāura.