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Thesis Submission

How to prepare and complete submission of your final thesis to Flinders University

Welcome to Thesis Information at Flinders University

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) theses (Masters by Research, PhD and Doctorates) are governed by University regulations, as of 2014 it is compulsory for all HDR students to submit a digital copy for conferral of the degree; as appropriate, a printed version may also be submitted. The digital copy of the thesis will be the authoritative copy. Following a change to University policy in 2015, digital submission of research components of Postgraduate Coursework Awards (Masters by Coursework) is now mandatory.

Submission requirements differ according to the type of award you are completing. Please navigate to the instructions relevant to the award you are completing:

If you are unsure what award you are completing contact your college administration for assistance.

This guide provides information on how to submit your final thesis to the Library after examination at Flinders University. Assistance regarding thesis matters not relating to the final submission of your thesis should be directed to the Office of Graduate Research or your Faculty advisor/s.

Conditions of Access

Higher Degree Theses (Ph.D. and Masters by Research)

Appendix F: Rules for Research Higher Degree Theses states that ‘From 2014 it will be compulsory for all research higher degree students to submit a digital copy for conferral of the degree; as appropriate, a printed version may also be submitted. The digital copy of the thesis will be the authoritative copy. Printed copies, however, will predominantly be used for examination purposes, although examiners may request a digital copy from the Faculty instead.’

Open Access and Restrictions

For Higher Degree Theses (Ph.D. and Masters by Research)

Unless otherwise approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee) in accordance with the provisions of Clause 14 below, theses accepted for the award of a degree* and uploaded to the University’s digital repository shall be available for open access.

An author can request to restrict access to his or her thesis either completely, or to restrict access to academic staff and research students of the University, for a period of up to 3 years subject to approval by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee), on the University prescribed form. This form can be accessed via the Office of Graduate Research , Project Officer, Phone: 8201 5961, email: gradresearch@flinders.edu.au

Please contact eResearch@Flinders.edu.au for more information.

Honours Theses

Honours theses are not covered by the Rules for Higher Degree Theses. When Honours Theses are held in the Thesis Collection, however, the same loan conditions apply as to Higher Degree Theses, that is, one copy is not available for loan, while the second copy (if any) is available for loan and is located in the general collection. The same 3-year restrictions on access may be placed on Honours Theses if the author specifically requests this in writing.

Thesis Loans

Where theses are available for loan, the loan period is generally four weeks. Theses available for loan are shelved in the general collection. Please note the location for individual items.

Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information.

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