- The standard format for digital theses is PDF (Adobe – Portable Document Format). The latest version of Adobe Acrobat should be used to covert the original thesis file. Not rescanned from a hard copy.
- Data or other accompanying material should be uploaded as separate files.
Visit the using your computer page for templates and guides relating to thesis formatting in Word (prepared by the Centre for Innovation and Learning in Teaching).
Flinders University advises students to include your signature to the declaration in the uploaded thesis. However you may choose to do so. Flinders University will not amend your thesis as uploaded by you. The choice to include a signed declaration in this document is yours.
Thesis Submission Requirements
You must submit your thesis. Depending on Copyright you may need to submit more than one file. These are:
- Thesis (Master copy, original as-examined and passed thesis file).
- Open access version (OPTIONAL - only use if different from thesis master copy. ie. If third party copyright or confidential material is removed).
It is mandatory for conferral of the degree and graduation that a master copy of the original as-examined and passed thesis is submitted to the University. The open access version of the thesis will not be made publicly available until after any embargo periods have passed.
This file should be converted to PDF from the original thesis file using Adobe Acrobat.
Submit the full copy of your as-examined and passed thesis (see Appendix F: Rules for Research Higher Degree Theses Clause 6, sections (a)-(h)), to the digital repository, this includes the following:
(a) a title page giving the title of the thesis in full, the names and degrees of the candidate, the name of the School and Faculty of the University associated with the work and the date when submitted for the award of the degree. Candidates may include the Flinders University crest on their title page, after approval has been sought via their supervisor. An email requesting the use of the logo should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of the most up-to-date logo will be sent to candidates.
(b) table of contents;
(c) a summary in not more than 500 words;
(d) the following declaration (not signed):
'I certify that this thesis does not incorporate without acknowledgment any material previously submitted for a degree or diploma in any university; and that to the best of my knowledge and belief it does not contain any material previously published or written by another person except where due reference is made in the text.';
(e) an acknowledgment by the candidate of help given or work carried out by another person or organisation;
(f) the main text, or in the case of a thesis by published work, the contextual statement and the published papers;
(g) appendices if any; and
Filename standard: ThesisSurnameYear.pdf (Note: Where Surname is listed, insert your own surname. Where Year is listed, insert year of completion).
2. Open access version (if different from master copy)
If you are required to remove any third party copyright material from your original thesis, please upload a second version (called an open access version) in addition to the original as-examined and passed master copy of your thesis. Remove any third party copyright or confidential material and replace it with the following text:
Figure (text/chart/diagram etc) has been removed due to copyright restrictions.
Figure (text/chart/diagram etc) has been removed due to confidentiality.
Filename standard: ThesisSurnameYearOA.pdf - Only use, if OA version is different from master copy. (Note: Where Surname is listed, insert your own surname. Where Year is listed, insert year of completion).
If your thesis does not require any changes between the original (master) version and the open access version, submit only the original (master) version and select: Uploaded thesis is my open access version on the submission form.