Congratulations on passing your Mid-Candidature Review!

Writing is key during the final stage of your RHD candidature.

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Final Thesis Review

 As a completing candidate, you are responsible for following the Milestone Process – Flow Chart (pdf) to complete a Final Thesis Review (3 EFTSL for PhD, 1.5 EFTSL for Masters, year 3 for FTE EdD students). The purpose of the final thesis review is to achieve the following objectives:

  • assess whether the candidate’s progress since the Mid-Candidature Review remains satisfactory and that those Milestone requirements have been met;
  • assess whether the candidate’s thesis is at an advanced stage and is on track to submit by the due date or before;
  • provide appropriate feedback to the candidate about the readiness for submission of their thesis;
  • discuss which examiners the candidate does not wish to examine their thesis;
  • determine whether the candidature should continue;
  • ensure that candidates for all research higher degrees have demonstrated the following criteria that Examiners use:

(a)  evidence of an original investigation or testing of ideas;

(b)  competence in independent research or experimentation;

(c)  a thorough understanding of the appropriate techniques in the field demonstrated both by their application and a thorough review of the literature;

(d)  critical use of source material, experimental results (where appropriate), and published works;

(e)  an appreciation of the relationship of the special theme to the wider field of knowledge; and

(f)    the capacity to present well-written work.

And doctoral candidates have demonstrated:

(g)  a higher degree of independence of thought and approach; and

(h)  a significant original contribution to knowledge.

Please note: Candidates who are enrolled beyond their Final Thesis Review will be required to submit an Interim Milestone Review at 6-monthly intervals.

For more information, see the EHL RHD Milestones (PDF 171KB) and the Office of Graduate Research RHD Milestones webpage. 


Preparing for Thesis Submission and Examination

If the thesis is not submitted for examination by the submission due date, re-enrolment cannot be assured and fees may apply.

To ensure timely submission, you must discuss potential examiners with your supervisor(s) three months prior to submission of your thesis. Supervisors will complete and submit the Nomination of Examiners form so that examiners can be confirmed and invited to examine the thesis prior to submission. This reduces the time to wait between submission and notification of examination results.

Thesis length in Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law

  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - minimum of 70,000 and maximum of 100,000 words
  • Masters - minimum of 35,000 and maximum of 50,000 words
  • Doctor of Education by Research - between 45,000 to 50,000 words
  • For Creative component theses, please consult the Departmental guidelines.

Word limits exclude footnotes, bibliographies, tables and appendices, but students should not make use of extensive footnotes or very large appendices in order to bypass the word limit. When you submit your thesis you will be asked to indicate how long the thesis is, and where it exceeds the normal word limit you will be asked to provide a detailed explanation of the reasons for its length.

Examination and Completion

For details about thesis preparation, submission and examination, refer to Office of Graduate Research's Examination and Completion webpage.

Tips for uploading your thesis

  • The separate ‘Abstract’ section should contain exactly the same ‘summary of not more than 500 words’ embedded in your thesis pdf.
  • The date on the title page of your thesis pdf should match the date on the letter from the Faculty, notifying you that the degree can be awarded subject to any conditions, minor amendments and uploading the digital copy (usually, the ‘outcome of examination’ letter).

Tips for preparing your
graduation RHD thesis information

150 word thesis summary
  • Answer the following questions with a sentence or two:
    • What is the broad issue/problem this research addresses and what question does it specifically ask?
    • How did this research investigate this problem?
    • What did you find?
    • What implications do your results have for the broad issue? (Highlight the potential benefits of the research in the future)
  • Use non-technical language suitable for the layperson. Avoid the use of acronyms and jargon.
  • Use first names and write in a personal active voice. 
2-3 sentence citation
  • Only doctoral candidates attending the graduation ceremony are required to write a 2-3 sentence citation.
  • The Faculty Executive Dean will read this out so please keep it short.
  • Write in the third person, do not use ‘Dr’ yet.

Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Each year, the Faculty can nominate up to three doctoral graduates' theses for the Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. The Office of Graduate Research will contact supervisors of eligible candidates.