Processes for managing Higher Degree by Research candidatures and thesis examinations will be moving to the HDR Administration Centre on the 16th November 2015 and details provided on this site will be amended at that time. Students and staff will be notified about the changes via email. We thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Postgraduate Thesis Submission Information

If you are looking for information on writing a thesis, a good place to start is SUPRA's "The Thesis Guide" available in hard format at SUPRA (Level 2, Holme Building A09). This publication is a practical guide not just for thesis writing but also for issues regarding supervision, university policies, researching, options for candidature and the thesis submission and examination process. If you require more information on the requirements for postgraduate research or coursework degrees, you can view the University's Graduate Studies Handbook.

When considering the format, length, font, referencing etc of your thesis, it is a good idea to look at previously submitted and examined theses from within your department. The School of Molecular Bioscience does recommend a general guide for PhD theses as follows:

  • No. of pages: 150-300
  • Referencing System: References should be numbered in order of appearance in the text, this is preferred over the more old-fashioned method of references cited alphabetically at end of thesis.
  • Style Guides: Font: Courier or Times preferred. 12 point (10 point for figure legends). Double space. 2.5cm margins.
  • No. copies / Acid Free: Four / One minimum
  • Electronic Submission: No