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Prepare your thesis

Throughout your research candidature you will work toward producing your final thesis. There are some key points to keep in mind when you start this process.

There are certain formatting and referencing requirements outlined below.

You can also find more general information on research skills, planning and writing your thesis in the research skills for HDR students page. This includes literature reviews, writing up results and theses including publications.

Proofreading and editing

You can use an editor to prepare your thesis for submission. Make sure you discuss your plans with your supervisor and provide your editor with a copy of the University’s Thesis Submission and Examination Procedures 2015

When you use an editor:

  • include the editor’s name and a brief description of the service provided in your list of acknowledgements at the front of your thesis. For creative work, make sure this information is included when it's presented for examination.
  • you need to state the editor’s current or former area of academic specialisation if this is similar to your own.

Composition

You will find guidelines and information about thesis composition and expected word length in the following policies and procedures:

Thesis frontispiece sections

The frontispiece includes the parts of your thesis before the main content.

Thesis title and abstract

The following upper limits apply to your title and abstract content:

  • thesis title: maximum 250 characters.
  • thesis abstract: maximum 2000 characters.

Login to Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’) to update and maintain your thesis title and thesis abstract.

Authorship attribution statement

If your thesis contains material you have previously published, discuss an authorship attribution statement with your supervisor.

Such a statement typically appears in the frontispiece of your thesis.

If the publication in which your work has previously appeared has a convention about author order, then you need to include this information after each relevant attribution statement (for example, Journal of XXXX requires that the lead author must be corresponding author).

This only applies where you have made a substantial contribution to the paper. You cannot present minor contributions to published works in the main body of your thesis – these can only be included as appendices.

Example: Chapters published as papers/edited book chapters

Chapter x of this thesis is published as [citation].
I designed the study, analysed the data and wrote the drafts of the MS.

Chapter y of this thesis is published as [citation].
I designed the study, extracted the data and wrote the drafts of the MS.

Chapter z of this thesis is published as [citation].
I co-designed the study with the co-authors, interpreted the analysis done by A.N. Other and wrote the drafts of the MS.

Example: Published material distributed through the thesis

This thesis contains material published in [citation]. This is section x.y; figure s.t, and pages p-q of section y.z. I did... [describe your role].

Attesting your authorship attribution statement

You and your supervisor need to attest to an authorship attribution statement under the Thesis and Examination Policy and Procedures 2015. The following are suggested:

Example 1

In addition to the statements above, in cases where I am not the corresponding author of a published item, permission to include the published material has been granted by the corresponding author.

Student Name, Signature, Date

Example 2

As supervisor for the candidature upon which this thesis is based, I can confirm that the authorship attribution statements above are correct.

Supervisor Name, Signature, Date

Title page

Your thesis title page should state:

  • your name
  • title of the thesis
  • faculty name
  • the University’s full name – The University of Sydney – do not use the University’s logo
  • an appropriate submission statement: “A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Doctor/Master of Philosophy” or other higher degree by research.

Please include a statement of originality, for example:

This is to certify that to the best of my knowledge, the content of this thesis is my own work. This thesis has not been submitted for any degree or other purposes.

I certify that the intellectual content of this thesis is the product of my own work and that all the assistance received in preparing this thesis and sources have been acknowledged.

Signature 
Name

Plagiarism

You should refer to the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Procedures 2015 for information about the inclusion of published material you wrote, or contributed to as an author. This includes use of citations and quotations.

If your thesis contains material you have previously published, an authorship attribution statement, outlined above, may be included.

More information can be found in the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Policy 2015 and the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011.

The responsibilities of all researchers, academic staff and students are outlined in our Research Code of Conduct 2013. This defines research misconduct and breaches of the Code related to plagiarism.

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