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:
- Submit a PDF of your thesis by email to Te Kura Tāura (email@example.com). If you would like help on how to format your thesis take a look at the library's webpage on the Format of a Thesis
- Ensure that your fees up to date
- Complete the Thesis submission declaration form after discussion with your supervisors. As part of this process you are required to sign off that you've submitted your thesis through Turnitin (which checks for plagiarism). See the Turnitin Guidelines for further information.
- If needed complete and return the Co-Authorship Form
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
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 the supervisor completes the Masters examiner request form and submits this to the Te Kura Tāura. Before the thesis is sent out the student will also need to complete the section of this form called Notification of nominated thesis examiners (Masters) showing agreement to the chosen examiners.
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.