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 may also want to consider the impact on any future potential to develop intellectual property (IP) that you have created or co-created – refer to the Before you submit your thesis IP Guide.
  • 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. As graduate researchers submitting creative works in the form of a performance, an exhibition, an e-portfolio, or a website have an obligation to avoid identifying their examiners, the Creative Works: Examiner Confidentiality Declaration form should be completed and submitted to the Graduate Research Examinations Office by email when submitting your thesis to TES.
  • From 30 March 2020, you will be required to provide an iThenticate similarity report of your full thesis, when submitting your thesis for examination.  When you submit your thesis, your principal supervisor and Chair of Examiners (CoE) will review the iThenticate similarity report as part of the process to confirm whether the thesis is ready for examination. You are encouraged to share your iThenticate report with your supervisor before you submit your thesis, and you and your supervisor will also be able to submit an accompanying declaration to explain any legitimate text matching to your CoE. For further information on the process, please refer to the iThenticate flowchart.
  • You must create an ORCID and provide it when submitting your final thesis.
  • You must be admitted to the relevant graduate research degree in order to submit your thesis.  If your candidature is suspended, cancelled or terminated and you wish to submit, you must first apply for reinstatement and readmission.
  • Download the Graduate Research Thesis Submission Checklist to assist you in preparing your thesis for examination.

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. If you originally presented a completion seminar more than six months prior to submission, another completion seminar must be held.

At least 10 working days before the date of your seminar, please submit a Completion Seminar Form.  The form will ask you for an abstract of your thesis research of no more than 100 words.  This abstract will be used to facilitate publicity of your seminar.

The completion seminar is 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. If you are submitting a thesis with creative work, include the weighting of the proportion of written dissertation and creative component/s. 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

Once you submit and your thesis is under examination, you remain a member of the University’s graduate research community. If your student card has expired, you can obtain a new student card from Stop 1 .

You can continue using University-wide facilities and services, such as counselling, careers, library and student services. Check with your local graduate research administrator to find out what faculty /department-based privileges are available to you.

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 at Stop1.

You can pre-book your thesis celebration and gift collection by:

  1. Logging into the Stop 1 booking system:

  2. Booking an appointment using the ‘Documents, Student cards and Thesis Celebration (Parkville)’ booking type.
  3. Following the instructions in the booking confirmation email before arriving on campus.

Alternatively, you can also access the digital celebration frame and submit a photo to if you cannot attend campus.

Congratulations to the 900+ graduate researchers who submit their thesis each year! The University is proud of your achievements! The photos of those who have chosen to provide one to celebrate their thesis submission are available to view via the links below.

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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