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Submitting your master's thesis

28 March 2024

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

  • Before submitting your thesis, discuss with your supervisors and the UC Library to determine if you may need to request an embargo or additional security requirements for your thesis examination. It is possible to embargo a thesis for up to 24 months following completion of the examination process, and/or request additional security measures during the examination. For more information on the availability of theses for consultation and copying, and the related policy, see restrictions on the use of your thesis (Library webpage). You can find the form to request an embargo or a secure thesis examination process here.
  • 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
  • Your thesis submission must be accompanied by a completed Thesis Submission and Use Form and may also need an optional Embargo and Secure Thesis Examination Request form - discuss this with your supervisors prior to submission.
  • You must submit your thesis through Turnitin, which checks for similarity. This can be accessed via AKO | LEARN. 
  • 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 Appointment of Examiners form to the Graduate School.
  • Once your thesis has been examined and you are eligible to graduate, we deposit a copy of your thesis in the University Library and it is available for public access. If an embargo is in place, the thesis will be deposited to the Library but will not be made publicly available. 
  • 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.
  • You can find an information sheet here about the process once your Master's thesis is submitted.
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