Submitting my thesis

Prerequisites for submission

  • Before you submit your thesis, it's important that you discuss your submission with your supervisors. Your estimated submission date, or your thesis submission date, must not exceed your maximum submission date, i.e. your expected thesis submission date as listed on the Graduate Research Details page of my.unimelb..
  • You must present your research findings at a completion seminar prior to submission and meet the eligibility requirements to submit.
  • Additional preparation may be required for examination of creative works.
  • You are strongly encouraged to use iThenticate to check for any potential instances of problematic matching text and/or weak referencing practice before submitting your thesis for examination. The iThenticate similarity report will compare your thesis against a database of published research literature which you can discuss with your supervisor/s. The use of iThenticate at thesis submission will become mandatory during 2020.
  • You must create an ORCID and provide it when submitting your final thesis.

For details see the Graduate Research Training Policy.


Completion seminar

You must present your research findings at a public completion seminar in the six months prior to submission. It's an important milestone of your candidature. During the seminar you should present the objectives, methods, findings and significance of your research.

This is your opportunity to receive constructive feedback from an expert audience prior to submission and it provides you with further experience in developing your arguments effectively. It confirms that you understand your research, and illustrates that you have the necessary skills in oral presentations and other research attributes expected of graduate researchers at the University.

Detailed information on completion seminar requirements is available in the Graduate Research Training Policy.


How to submit

Your thesis should be submitted electronically via the University's Thesis Examination System.

  1. Prior to submission, or prior to your performance or exhibition of a creative component of your thesis, register your intention to submit by logging into the Thesis Examination System (TES). About 2 months prior to your submission is the ideal time for this. Your estimated submission date, or your thesis submission date, must not exceed your maximum submission date, i.e. your expected thesis submission date as listed on the Graduate Research Details page of my.unimelb. Registering your intention to submit begins the process of the selection of examiners.  You will need to provide a brief (80-word) overview of your research question, methods and results which will be sent to potential examiners. You are encouraged to create and enter an ORCID.
  2. Log into TES to submit your thesis.  The thesis version you submit should be the version reviewed by your supervisor.  You will be asked to:

After you have submitted your thesis, notifications will be sent to your principal supervisor and Chair of Examiners to confirm that the thesis is ready for examination.

Once you have completed your examination and received a pass you must login to Thesis Examination System and submit your final thesis including the redacted thesis (if final is restricted) and the supporting files (if included). You must enter your ORCID. If you do not have an ORCID then create one and enter it in Thesis Examination System.

More information

  • Read the FAQs on using the Thesis Examination System
  • If you are not currently enrolled but have approval for late submission (or are lapsed) you may find you are not able to access University systems such as the Thesis Examination System. To request reinstatement of your IT access to submit via TES, please email the Examinations Office.

Celebrating your submission

Smiling graduate researcher celebrating their thesis submission with a thesis submission photo frame

We know that submitting your thesis is a big achievement and we'd love to celebrate this with you.

After you've submitted your thesis online, drop into Stop 1 (Parkville) during our opening hours to get a small gift. Bring your camera or smartphone so we can take your photo. We’ll give you information on how to share your photo with us to have it uploaded to the Thesis Submission Gallery.

You may notice that previous gallery images contain a University-branded balloon. This has been phased out as part of an environmental sustainability campaign. We still invite you to share a photo taken using our new cut out frame as part of celebrating this achievement.


Thesis Submission Gallery

Congratulations to the 900+ graduate researchers who submit their thesis each year! The University is proud of your achievements and we wish you all the best on your future endeavours.

Photo galleries are available to view via the links below.

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Extension forms

Once your thesis is under examination, if you require further time to submit revisions or your final thesis, please submit the appropriate form below to the Graduate Research Examinations Office by email.


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