Postgraduate (Research)

Postgraduate (Research)

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Examiners’ Reports

Once all the necessary approvals have been received, your thesis will be sent to the examiners. The examiners are asked to examine your thesis within six weeks. HDR candidates should be aware that sometimes circumstances prevent examiners from returning their report in time and delays are sometimes expected.

When all the examiners’ reports have been received, they are sent to the Postgraduate Coordinator in GRIS. The Postgraduate Coordinator will contact the candidate by e-mail if the reports indicate the need for revisions. The candidate should follow the instructions given by the Postgraduate Coordinator. When the revisions are completed and submitted, the Postgraduate Coordinator will advise the candidate of the outcome.

Recommendations are made by the Postgraduate Coordinator (on behalf of the Head of School) or via the Higher Degree Committee depending on the outcome of the examiners’ reports. Please see the Graduate Research School website for more details.

Digital Copy

Prior to graduating, you are required to provide two digital (electronic) copies of the final version of your thesis. A final paper version of the thesis is no longer required. Please refer to the Graduate Research School website for further information.

Candidates at the School of Medical Sciences must also submit a digital copy of their final thesis to the Postgraduate Administrator.


Once the thesis has been approved and the candidate has been cleared for graduation, students will received a letter from the Graduate Research School.

The Graduations Office will then send further instructions regarding the graduation ceremony and other important information.  

Further details on graduation are available on the UNSW Graduations website.