After examination, and graduation

After successful examination, the Board of Graduate Research will recommend to Academic Board that your degree be awarded, subject to a final digital copy of the thesis being received by the Graduate Research School. The digital copy will be forwarded to the University Library for inclusion as a publicly accessible work in the University's research repository (Research Online).

The copy of the thesis must incorporate all corrections required as an outcome of the examination process and will require confirmation by the supervisor and School Graduate Research Coordinator/Head of School that corrections have been made. Where major amendments are required you will need to also provide a statement, endorsed by the supervisor, outlining the way in which points raised by the examiners have been addressed. This statement requires final approval from the Board of Graduate Research.

Once Academic Board has approved the award of your degree you will be notified officially by the Graduate Research School that you have satisfied the requirements for the degree, that the degree will be awarded and you will be asked to complete the Access to Thesis Consent Form to allow the thesis to be made publicly available. (You may apply to the Board of Graduate Research to have an embargo placed upon the public availability of the thesis for an agreed period.)

You will then be contacted by the Graduations Unit via your student email and invited to attend a graduation ceremony (the next available or you may choose to defer to a later ceremony) or have your degree awarded in absentia.

In Absentia Graduation

On 13 May 2020, the Academic Board Executive conferred the award of 92 graduate research degrees to candidates in absence of a physical graduation ceremony due to COVID-19. All candidates who were eligible to graduate in May have been graduated in absentia, and will be issued with their digital testamurs.

Although it is disappointing not to be able come together in person to celebrate, it is wonderful that we have still been able to recognise this achievement for so many of our graduate researchers at this time. It takes an incredible amount of hard work, time and dedication to complete a research degree, and we are incredibly proud of what they have achieved.

Find out more about our recent graduates and their research.

Nancy Millis Award

The Nancy Millis Medal, conferred by the Board of Graduate Research, is awarded to candidates who are deemed to have authored outstanding doctoral theses. Find out more about the award and recent recipients.