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Revision and Resubmission of a Thesis

The University has developed a set of guidelines for the conduct of a thesis re-examination. These include a provision for new examiners to be appointed when initial examiners are unavailable. During a re-examination, examiners are requested to determine whether or not the revised thesis now meets the requirements of the degree as specified. During a re-examination, examiners should not open up new areas for substantive discussion as there are limited opportunities for a candidate to address such concerns if further corrections are required.

For the resubmission of a thesis for re-examination:

  • An invitation to re-examine the thesis is sent to all initial examiners.
  • No direct contact is to take place between the candidate and the examiner. Any contact must by approved by the Higher Degree Research Committee.
  • Access to the unrevised thesis is to be made available to the re-examiner, on request.
  • Access to all reports, including those of the University and the initial examiners, is to be available on request to the re-examiners subject to privacy requirements.
  • The candidate will submit along with the thesis and through the Higher Degree Research Committee, such documentation that addresses and responds to matters raised in the initial examination. Such documentation must be general, not examiner-specific.
  • Approval to submit a revised thesis for re-examination must first be sought from the Dean of the Faculty of enrolment. The thesis, plus accompanying documentation outlining the revisions to the thesis will require the approval of the Higher Degree Research Committee before proceeding to re-examination.


If the recommendation of the HDRC is that the candidate must revise the thesis before resubmission then the candidate must re-enrol and pay any required fees if enrolled in a tuition fee-paying program. The enrolment period will normally begin within three months after the decision of the Higher Degree Research Committee and on a date agreed to by both the principal supervisor and HDR candidate. One copy of the original thesis is retained by the Higher Degree Research Office.

The candidate is required to re-submit four copies of the revised thesis in accordance with the submission requirements. Re-submission is required within one year from the date of the decision of the Higher Degree Research Committee. Candidates who choose not to proceed with the re-submission in the determined time-frame should notify the Higher Degree Research Office and will be deemed to have failed to satisfy requirements for the award of the degree.

The Higher Degree Research Thesis Preparation, Submission and Examination Policy precludes a further re-examination of a thesis.

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