How do I submit my thesis?
Before submitting a thesis, you must have completed all other program requirements, including residence. Verify your uoZone/My Academic Regulations for accurate completion.
For more information, read the above section on the Submission of the thesis.
Who will select my thesis examiners?
The thesis supervisor nominates examiners who are willing and able to evaluate the thesis. The Graduate Program Director approves the examiners.
For PhD theses, the supervisor also nominates an external examiner.
Following the approval of the Program Director, the list is approved by the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
For more information about the thesis examiners read the above sections “Submission of the Thesis” and “Evaluation of the Thesis”.
Can I contact my thesis examiners while they are reviewing my thesis?
Once the thesis has been submitted for evaluation, the student and the thesis supervisor(s) may not communicate with the examiners about the thesis evaluation until the thesis has been defended.
Information about the thesis examiners read the above sections “Submission of the Thesis” and “Evaluation of the Thesis”
How long will I have to prepare for my thesis defence after receiving the comments from the examiners?
The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office attempts to provide feedback from the examiners to the student at least 2 weeks before the oral defence, however some evaluations encounter delays.
Once all examiners have submitted their comments, feedback will be circulated to all participants, and the student will be asked to confirm whether they wish to proceed to oral defence.
For more information read the above section Evaluation of the Thesis.
Upon receipt of the written evaluations, one or more examiners did not recommend to proceed to oral defence. Do I have to enrol for my thesis again?
Once the thesis evaluation reports have been received, the student may defend the thesis. However, the student may decide, in consultation with the thesis supervisor(s), to amend the thesis before defending it. If the latter option is selected, the student must enrol to make the amendments and resubmit the thesis for evaluation.
Please refer to Academic Regulation II-7 - Theses under 7.11 Thesis Defence.
I would like to write my thesis with another student, with each of us as a co-author. Is this allowed?
No. Co-authorship of a thesis is not allowed.
How long after submitting my thesis will my defence take place?
Typically, your defence will take place within 3 months of submitting. Each participant (examiners, supervisor(s) and student) will be polled for their availability.
The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office will set the date of the oral defence among the options identified in the poll when all participants can attend the event in person.
Am I eligible to receive a financial credit if I submit my thesis before the end of the term?
Please refer to the Important academic dates and deadlines (under Reports, major research papers, and thesis) to find out if you are eligible for the 50% or 100% financial credit. These credits do not apply for revised theses.
I received a verdict 2 at my oral defence, do I have to enrol for my thesis again?
Yes, the student must make the required revisions and corrections and submit the final version of the thesis within 120 days of the date of the thesis defence. The student must be enrolled for one term during this 120-day period.
Please consult the section “Thesis Revisions and Corrections (Post Defence)” for more details.