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Submitting your master's thesis

26 October 2023

Find out everything you need to know about submitting your master's thesis.

  • Submit a PDF of your thesis by email to Te Kura Tāura ( 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
  • There are several forms you need to read and complete including a Thesis Submission Declaration form.
  •  You must submit your thesis through Turnitin (which checks for plagiarism). 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 webpage).
  • 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.
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