College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Masters (MSc/MTh/LLM) by research dissertation submission guidance

Requirements for submitting your final dissertation.

Notification of intention to submit (NITS) and Nomination of examiners (NOE)

How to submit a Notification of intention to submit

Students should submit a Notification of Intention to Submit form and Abstract no later than two months before the end of the prescribed period of study. 

For students starting in September 2020 this will be no later than the end of June 2021.

We will need a NITS and an Abstract.

Submit your completed Notification of intention to submit (NITS) and abstract (student access only)

Your Supervisor will then be invited to propose an internal examiner and an external examiner to College for approval. 

Submit your dissertation

You must submit your dissertation no later than the end date of the prescribed period of study.

Please ensure you have notified your Supervisor and made all required plagiarism checks on the dissertation.

Your Graduate School will notify you of the Turnititn process - similarity reports must be discussed with your Supervisor in the first instance.

100% digital submission

We only require an electronic dissertation to be submitted.

You do not need to print and bind your dissertation.  

Please complete the Declaration form and upload one electronic (PDF) copy of your Thesis:

Submit your dissertation file(s) to the Postgraduate Research Student Office (student access only)

For students starting in September 2020 this will be no later than the end of August 2021 (Schools may have published earlier hand-in dates).

Masters by Research/LLM by Research students can make the Board of Examiners aware of the impact the pandemic has had on their research when they submit their dissertation. This statement should not be included within the dissertation, but provided as a separate document of no more than a single page at the point of submission, via the online submission system. This statement will be submitted to the Examiners following the receipt of the initial Reports but before the Joint Report with recommendation to the College Postgraduate Examination Committee.

What happens after you submit your dissertation

The College PGR Student Office sends the dissertation to the internal and external examiner and the examination process will commence.

Once all reports are received these will be submitted to the College Postgraduate Examinations Committee for ratification. 

Then, we will write to you by email with the outcome of the examination.

When can you register for graduation?

You are not required to submit a final version of a dissertation post examination for a MSc/LLM/MTh by Research degree. 

You are required to wait for your Award Letter to be issued following ratification of examiner recommendations before registering for graduation.

You will be sent this final award letter as an electronic copy by email. 

Once your award has been keyed, Student Administration will send an automated email with a link to the registration form.

Find out more about graduations and proceed when registrations are open.