Your thesis must demonstrate the outcome of a sustained program of supervised research that has produced original findings, and constitutes a coherent and cogent argument communicating the significant aspects of research and writing undertaken while enrolled.

Your thesis must also:

  • provide a contribution to knowledge with a level of originality consistent with 3-4 years full-time study for a PhD and 1-2 years full-time study for an MPhil
  • reveal your capacity to relate the research topic to the broader framework of knowledge of the disciplinary area in which your research falls
  • be clearly, accurately and cogently written, and suitably documented
  • make clear (in the Statements at the beginning of the thesis and in the body of the thesis) which work has been performed by you and in which cases the results obtained by another person have been analysed and used in the thesis.

10. Nomination of examiners

Examiner nominees should not work at the same institution as each other and must hold a degree at least the equivalent of the one being examined (i.e. a PhD examiner must hold a PhD). You are not able to nominate your own examiners however you and your advisors are required to complete a conflict of interest declaration. It is strongly recommended that you and your advisory team read the UQ conflict of interest policy prior to completing the Nomination of Thesis Examiners form and signing this declaration.

Once the form has been received by the Graduate School, a preliminary conflict of interest check is conducted. If no conflict is apparent the nominee/s will be formally invited by the Graduate School to examine the thesis. Examiners are required to complete and return the Examiner Details form. This can take a number of weeks.

Further details on examiner nomination can be found at PPL 4.60.08.