Forms, Policy and Submission

Code of practice

A code of practice for supervision of postgraduate research students outlines the responsibilities of the university, the faculty, the department, the supervisor, and of the candidate.

Ethics Committee

All University of Sydney staff and students who intend to conduct research involving human participants as part of an Honours, Diploma, Masters, Doctorate or other higher degree must apply for approval from the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Proofreading and Editing of Theses and Dissertations Policy

This policy is intended to clarify the extent to which external paid assistance may be involved in the preparation of the final version of a thesis/dissertation prior to submission.

Thesis Submission (including Submission of Thesis guidelines)

For Department recommendations please check During your Candidature

Citation Style

The Department does not enforce a particular citation style on Postgraduate research theses. The only requirement is that any citation style is applied uniformly and consistently. Harvard, APA and to some extent MLA are used in the field of media and communications most commonly. It is not recommended to invent your own system.

See the Library Citation and Style Guides


Not required by policy, but preferred. In the Media And Communications Dept. the following will suffice.

ON TITLE PAGE: Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the
Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Department of Media and Communications,
University of Sydney


Certification of Authorship/Originality
I certify that the work in this thesis has not previously been submitted for a degree nor has it been submitted as part of requirements for a degree except as fully acknowledged within the text. I also certify that the thesis has been written by me. Any help that I have received in my research work and the preparation of the thesis itself has been acknowledged. In addition, I certify that all information sources and literature used are indicated in the thesis.

Include information on Human Ethics approval information (if relevant).

Signature of Candidate

This declaration is intended to cover issues arising from collaborative work or thesis by publication regarding:

  • The sources from which information is derived;
  • The human and ethical approvals obtained;
  • What use has been made of the work of others;
  • The amount of work the candidate claims as original; and
  • Where publications are included, evidence that identifies the work as that of the candidate.

If you feel an area is not sufficiently covered, amend the declaration.

Recommendation and Award of Degrees

Once all of the reports have been received by the Faculty, they are forwarded to the Postgraduate Research Director for their recommendation and to the candidate's supervisor for their information. The PG Director writes a recommendation in consultation with the candidate's supervisor. The recommendation goes to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Committee who make a recommendation, and then to the University committee for their approval.