Thesis submission

(2)9.33

The degree of LLD, DLitt, or DSc shall be awarded to a registered candidate who has submitted a thesis comprising a critical appraisal together with works which are deemed by the examining team to constitute a sustained, substantial, original, and distinguished contribution to knowledge.

Thesis format

(2)9.34

With the exception of short quotations for which an English translation is provided, the critical appraisal and the published works submitted for examination must be written in English unless the Graduate Dean has given approval prior to submission for examination for all or part of the thesis to be in another language.

(2)9.35

The higher doctorate candidate must provide the thesis with a title that is descriptive of the submission as a whole.

(2)9.36

The critical appraisal should be of around 10,000 words and should describe the scope of the higher doctorate candidate’s research record and achievements and their contribution to knowledge as evidenced by the published works submitted for examination.

(2)9.37

The number of published works submitted for examination shall not be specified. The published works submitted for examination should comprise a substantial body of work sufficient to demonstrate the candidate’s suitability for the degree.

(2)9.38

Works submitted for examination must have been published or have been accepted for publication by the date of submission and should normally have been published or have been accepted for publication as/in a scholarly book or in a scholarly journal.

(2)9.39

The critical appraisal must identify any items submitted for examination which are the result of work undertaken by or with others and the nature of the higher doctorate candidate’s contribution in each case. A substantial proportion of the research described in the published works comprising the thesis must have been personally undertaken by the higher doctorate candidate and the candidate should normally be the first author for the majority of the items submitted for examination.

(2)9.40

The University may contact any co-authors and/or collaborators for advice on the nature of the higher doctorate candidate’s contribution to items submitted for examination which are the result of work undertaken by or with others.

(2)9.41

The critical appraisal must identify any works which the higher doctorate candidate or any co-authors and/or collaborators have submitted for examination for a degree of the University or another institution.

Thesis submission

(2)9.42

Higher doctorate candidates submitting the thesis for examination must submit to the Graduate School Office:

  • three perfect bound submissions comprising
    • a. a title page that includes the following information
      • i. the full title of the thesis
      • ii. the higher doctorate candidate’s full name
      • iii. the name of the higher doctorate candidate’s Department
      • iv. the month and year in which the thesis was submitted for examination
    • b. acknowledgements page
    • c. table of published works submitted
    • d. critical appraisal
  • three sets of the published works which together comprise the main body of the thesis and which have been labelled with
    • a. the higher doctorate candidate’s full name
    • b. the degree for which the thesis was submitted for examination
    • c. the month and year in which the thesis was submitted for examination

(2)9.43

Higher doctorate candidates who following examination have been awarded a higher doctorate degree must submit to the Graduate School Office:

  • one hard bound submission comprising
    • a. a title page that includes the following information
      • i. the full title of the thesis
      • ii. the higher doctorate candidate’s full name
      • iii. the name of the higher doctorate candidate’s Department
      • iv. the month and year in which the thesis was submitted for examination
    • b. acknowledgements page
    • c. table of published works submitted
    • d. critical appraisal

The cover of the hard bound copy must be standard green (Aberlave Library Buckram No. 563).

(2)9.44

The bound submissions must be presented on good quality A4 paper. The pages must be printed on one side only and must have a margin of at least 3.5 centimetres on the left side of each page to allow for binding. All other margins must be of at least 2.5 centimetres. The printed text must be of good quality with 1.5 line spacing and should normally be in 12 point type.

(2)9.45

Following the award of a degree, the hard bound submission and one set of the published works which together comprise the main body of the thesis shall be retained by the University and made available through the University Library. The other sets of published works shall be returned to the higher doctorate candidate.