Doctoral examinations

Lean about the doctoral examination process and what's needed to graduate.

Submission deadlines

Your thesis has a 'due date'. Full-time students must submit the thesis for examination within four years of initial registration. Part-time students must submit within the equivalent of four years full-time.

Only in exceptional circumstances will you be granted an extension to the due date.

Minimum registration

The minimum registration period is 36 months full time (or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances you may be permitted to submit early. You must apply in writing to the Dean FGR and have the approval of your Associate Dean (PGR) in your home Faculty.

Where to submit

You must make an appointment with the Examinations Team to submit your thesis by emailing The examinations team are based at the Faculty of Graduate Research Office, Room 201, 10 Kelburn Parade, from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. You should allow 20 minutes to complete the submission process.

If you cannot submit in person, you may ask someone to submit on your behalf. Please email the Examinations Team to discuss this.

Submitting your thesis

Find out how to submit your doctoral thesis for examination.

Submission to oral defence

Find out about the doctoral thesis examination process.

The oral defence and beyond

Find out what happens once you've had your oral defence.


Find out about graduation eligibility and how to apply.