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 to the Postgraduate Office and we will send it to your thesis examiners. 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 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 in NZ or overseas) on approved study away from Christchurch 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 awarded a degree, 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 returns this to the Postgraduate Office. Before the thesis is sent out the student will also need to complete the Notification of nominated thesis examiners (Masters) showing agreement of 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 Postgraduate Office sends the thesis to the examiners.