Candidates are required to lodge a Notification of Intention to Submit form on the Thesis Management System via myUNSW two months prior to submission of their thesis.

Thesis by Publications

Candidates considering submission of a PhD as a series of publications must apply to the Faculty Higher Degree Committee. The Faculty HDC requires a minimum of 3 publications, on a common theme, in peer-reviewed journals that are published or in press, in which the student is the first author and in which the student’s contribution is at least 50%. In addition, papers that are submitted but not yet in press may be included, as long as they represent a minority of the publications, and they are accompanied by a statement from the supervisor attesting to the publishable quality of the manuscript(s). In addition to the publications, the thesis must contain a Literature Review chapter and a Conclusions chapter. Where the candidate is not the sole author of a publication, a statement must be included regarding the contributions of others to each publication, including the writing of the publication. If the HDC approves submission in this form, the examination process, including nomination of examiners, is then conducted in the usual way.

The following documentation should be sent to the Postgraduate Coordinator at least 3 months before the intended submission date:

  • Faculty of Medicine application form
  • justification letter from the student for the inclusion of the publications
  • supporting letter from the supervisor confirming that the student has contributed to at least 50% of each publication
  • UNSW Authorship Declaration form (signed by all the co-authors for each publication)
  • copies of the publications
  • recommendation from your Panel at the most recent progress review

Further information is available on the GRS Submission of a Doctoral Thesis as a Series of Publications.

Preparation and Submission

Masters by Research and PhD candidates are required to submit two hard copies of the thesis for examination. 

It is acceptable to present your thesis in temporary binding providing that the binding is secure enough to endure the examination process. Please ensure you have submitted the correct forms prior to and with your thesis submission.

Note: Please ensure that you read and follow the thesis submission policies and procedures on the Graduate Research School website.