How to submit your thesis

Congratulations! You’ve finished writing up your thesis, you’ve checked the formatting, pressed print and you’re ready to submit.

If you have any outstanding registration fees or debts, they must be paid before the thesis can be accepted for submission.

Submit two printed copies 

All candidates for Masters by Dissertation (MA or MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Professional Doctorate must submit two printed copies of their thesis for examination. Candidates being examined as staff must also submit an electronic version of their thesis.

The copies of your theses should be submitted for examination in an unbound format, however, they must be adequately secured (for example in spring-back binders or comb binding and not in ring binders or lever arch box files). The binding must not be overfilled, so if required please split your thesis into two parts to avoid any risk of the binding becoming open.

Please note that you must provide an electronic copy of your submitted thesis to the Postgraduate Research Education Team if your examiner requests an electronic version. It’s really important that this is identical to the hard copy version you submitted.

Where to submit your thesis

You should submit to the Silberrad Student Centre:

  • your two copies of the thesis or dissertation.
  • a ‘Submission Form for a thesis to be Presented for a Research Degree’ (RD1) form completed and signed by yourself (you’ll be emailed this form after you submit the ‘Approval of Research Degree Thesis Title’ form. This form should be produced as a separate piece of paper to your thesis, not attached to the top of it).

You are strongly advised to retain a copy of the thesis or dissertation for yourself.

All theses should be submitted to:

Student Information Desk
Silberrad Student Centre
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ

All submitted copies of the thesis belong to the University during the examination process and shall be returned to the candidate following the viva.

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