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Thesis Submission

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

Thesis submission & embargo

Research award thesis submission form

SUBMIT HERE -> Research Award Thesis Submission form

Submit your thesis using this form if you are completing a Research award degree (Masters by Research, PhD, Doctorate).

*If you are completing a Masters by Coursework, Doctorate of Education (commenced prior to 2014) or Doctor of Public Health (commenced prior to 2013) you must submit via the Coursework Award Thesis submission form.

How to embargo your thesis

You may apply to restrict access to your thesis at the point of thesis submission. You must provide an explanation outlining your reasons for the request to place a restriction on your research higher degree thesis. 

An author can request to restrict access to his or her thesis completely for a period of up to 3 years subject to approval by the Dean of Graduate Research. Such requests will be considered by the Dean of Graduate Research only on the grounds:

  • that the thesis contains confidential and/or sensitive material; or
  • that it was a condition imposed by the owner of private records and material used by the author; or
  • that the author was in an employment or other contract relationship with a third party that made the restriction a condition of the contract; or
  • that the thesis contains creative, critical, academic or equivalent material with a likelihood of publication, performance or equivalents.

The Dean of Graduate Research may approve an application, from an author to restrict access to his or her thesis for a period of up to an additional 18 months beyond the original 3-year embargo from the acceptance of the award of the degree. In exceptional circumstances, longer periods of restriction or a total embargo may be approved by the Dean of Graduate Research.


What happens following thesis submission?

  • Embargoes are assessed by the Office of Graduate Research and approved or denied (if applicable)
  • Library makes thesis open access (or version approved for open access) or embargoes thesis (if applicable)
  • Once your thesis is made Open Access it is publicly available, and will be indexed by Google and available in FindIt@Flinders and Trove (National Library of Australia)


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