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The End Game
How to Submit Your Thesis
Margaret Haldane
•Prelims to thesis submission:
Approval of Title
Approval of Examiners
•Submission of thesis – online guidance, binding, formatting
& printing
•After the Viva – outcomes, thesis & graduation
Note: please ask questions throughout or at the end!
Preliminaries to Thesis Submission
1. Approval of title and sub-title
• Three months before submission
• Title, Subtitle (up to 30 words no repetition) &
Keywords (up to 10 for indexing and search terms).
• Form signed by Principal Supervisor and School
Director of PGR
Preliminaries to Thesis Submission
2. Appointment of Examiners
• Check with supervisor on appointment of examiners
• No later than two months before submission
• Examining team with Independent Chair approved
by RDC
• Form signed by Principal Supervisor and School
Director of PGR
Submission of Theses – guidance online
Thesis Submission - binding & formatting
• Temporary bound copies for pre-viva/first
• Each copy of the thesis must be printed and not
• Remember to check all pages are in the correct
order. Use 100gm paper. 12pt Type Size, min
1.5 up to double-spaced Line Spacing, note
Margins (especially left).
• Word Length – PhD 80,000 – 100,000 Max*
*Examiners critical of lengthy thesis
Thesis Style and Layout
•Title page must NOT be numbered
•Starting with the Abstract, pages must be numbered in
lower-case Roman numerals centred at the foot of
each page up until the last page before the start of
Chapter One.
•From the start of Chapter One, each page must be
numbered in the normal style - 1,2,3 etc, and page
numbers must be centred at the foot of each page.
Printing - Inprint+Design (CopyZone)
• Inprint+Design – WB07 Richmond Building: – see contact
page for queries and to pay over the phone, read the
guidebook, submit your files by email
• Colour pages at extra cost
• Rough guide for first temp bound submission – 2-3
working days
Thesis Submission
• Submitting to the printers (including
CopyZone) is not your formal submission to
the University!
• THREE temporary-bound copies need to be
handed in to the Hub, main entrance Richmond
Building (open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday)
• Copyzone can deliver to the Hub upon request
• Add one copy for yourself (take to exam)
Thesis Submission
• Complete Thesis Submission Form and
Declaration of English Language
Assistance Form (if appropriate)
• Confirm viva date (good luck!)
• Within 8 Weeks of Thesis Submission (as per
Regulations) – though this depends on all preliminary
paperwork submitted and approved PRIOR to thesis
submission and will also be influenced by examiners’
• Usually 1.5 - 3 hours, supervisor present by YOUR
• More info on short course, “How to Survive the Viva”:
After the Viva - outcomes
• See online research exam forms:
• Most common outcomes are:
– 1.2 minor corrections (corrections approved by Internal
Examiner, then submit hardbound thesis ready for the library)
– 1.4 re-submit thesis (amendments to thesis are approved by
both examiners and a formal re-submission of soft-bound thesis
the Hub; fee (currently £500) charged for re-submission)
After the Viva - outcomes
• The Internal Examiner is responsible for ensuring
the outcome is communicated to you
• No communication is sent by the Hub Research
Team until after approval by RDC of all exam
paperwork (including the approval of minor
corrections form)
• Award Pending letter issued after RDC approval
and before conferral by Senate
After the Viva – thesis
• TWO hard copies & one electronic copy (CD) to be
delivered to the Hub (Student Administration and
Support – Research). This includes one copy for
• If using CopyZone: usually bind up to 300 pages for
one thesis & check turnaround times (usually, min. 1
• Complete Electronic Deposit Agreement Form
• Check date of degree ceremony again and relax
Useful Contacts
General Hub-Research email
[email protected]
General Ext: 3051 or 5141
The Submission and Examination
Thank you and good luck with
your thesis submission & viva!

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