Submitting your thesis or project for examination
The following sections set out the process for submitting your thesis or project for examination.
You need to make sure you have finalised your candidature before reading the information below.
Please refer to our webpage on readmission if you had withdrawn from candidature and seek to apply for readmission to your program for the purpose of examination.
Your thesis or project must conform to the following:
- the RMIT branded thesis/project cover page (DOCX 34KB 1p)
- a declaration:
For candidates submitting a thesis
I certify that except where due acknowledgement has been made, the work is that of the author alone; the work has not been submitted previously, in whole or in part, to qualify for any other academic award; the content of the thesis is the result of work which has been carried out since the official commencement date of the approved research program; any editorial work, paid or unpaid, carried out by a third party is acknowledged; and, ethics procedures and guidelines have been followed.
For candidates submitting a project
I certify that except where due acknowledgement has been made, the work is that of the author alone; the work has not been submitted previously, in whole or in part, to qualify for any other academic award; the content of the project is the result of work which has been carried out since the official commencement date of the approved research program; any editorial work, paid or unpaid, carried out by a third party is acknowledged; and, ethics procedures and guidelines have been followed.
In addition, include the below ONLY if you are a Research Training Program (RTP) funded candidate, i.e. you have received an RTP fee offset scholarship and/or an RTP stipend scholarship. This applies to submissions made from 1 January 2017 by all domestic candidates and international candidates who received an RTP international tuition fee scholarship and RTP stipend scholarship.
I acknowledge the support I have received for my research through the provision of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
Please then type your name and date after the declaration. Do not insert an electronic signature or a scan of your handwritten signature.
- a table of contents and list of diagrams, tables, images etc. (if required)
- a summary (abstract) of the research (not more than 1000 words)
- the main text of the thesis or project (dissertation)
- a list of references
- appendices (if any).
For a detailed list of requirements, please refer to Item 4 Format for submission for examination in the Thesis/project submission and examination process. Your submission must meet these requirements for your thesis or project to be accepted for examination.
For information on thesis or project length and examples of archived work please refer to the webpage modes of submission and formatting. You’ll note that the style differs between disciplines; we recommend that you meet with your senior supervisor or HDR coordinator to discuss the specific requirements of your School.
Declaring research outputs
You are encouraged to publish/exhibit the research you complete during your candidature. Published work may be included as a component of your thesis or project.
You are required to declare any research outputs through the Research outputs - declaration form (PDF 127KB). This form asks you to specify if the work is authored solely by you or in collaboration with others. If you have collaborated on the research output, you must declare how much of the work was completed by each individual. The form must then be signed by any collaborating participant, or if they cannot be contacted, by your senior supervisor in their place.
This form is not required if your thesis or project does not include any published research outputs.
RMIT does not offer a mode of submission that is either with or by publications, nor do we specify the number of research outputs you can include in your thesis or project. We recommend meeting with your senior supervisor or School HDR coordinator to discuss if there are school-specific requirements you must meet.
How to submit
SGR Examinations Office cannot accept any physical theses or projects.
For your submission to be accepted in Equella you must have completed the Thesis/Project submission for examination approval form (PDF 102KB 1p). Your thesis or project cannot be processed for examination if you do not supply this form.
Please save this completed form as a PDF file, and attach it along with a PDF file of your thesis or project to Equella.
International onshore candidates
If you are an international onshore candidate and need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) with evidence of enrolment for the purpose of extending your visa, please refer to Submission and your student visa.
Collaborative Research Training Agreements (CRTA) and partnerships
Please email the SGR Examinations Office if your program is part of a Collaborative Research Training Agreement (CRTA) and you intend to submit for examination. Please include in your email: the name of the institution, the name of the agreement with which RMIT is partnered, and the date you intend to submit.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the SGR Examinations Office.