College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Notice of Intention to Submit (NITS)

The first step on the road to thesis submission.

Who decides when you are ready to submit your thesis?

You must let your supervisor know when you feel you are ready to submit your thesis. Together with your supervisor, you will then arrange a schedule of dates for completing the elements of your thesis submission.

How is your submission date decided?

Your submission period begins three months before the end of your prescribed study period. Your prescribed period of study is determined by your programme.

Find your prescribed period of study in the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study

Your maximum end date can be found on your personal EUCLID page, and this is the final date that you must submit your soft‐bound thesis by. If you think you will be unable to meet this deadline, you will need to contact your supervisor to discuss arranging a Concession (eg Extension of Studies (see also ‘When do I need to submit my thesis?’ below). A Concession will not be considered retrospectively therefore you must contact your Supervisor in plenty time (we suggest three months before max end date).

When do you submit your Notice of Intention To Submit (NITS)?

You should submit your Notice of Intention To Submit (NITS) form two months before your maximum end date (or two months before the date when you wish to submit your thesis, if this is earlier).

If you submit your NITS form less than two months before submitting your thesis, or if you submit the notice at the same time as submitting your thesis, this may delay the process of nominating your examiners.

What do you submit and where?

If you are about to submit your Notice of Intention to Submit please complete the NITS form at the below link and along with your abstract please email to cahss.PGRExams@ed.ac.uk

Please note that your abstract should include your thesis word count. You can check the maximum wordcount for your thesis via the DRPS. If your Thesis exceeds the maximum permitted you must inform your Supervisor who will be required to apply for a Concession to permit that this is accepted. Please note you are not required to submit a lay summary with your notice of intention to submit (this should however be incorporated into your thesis when you submit).

The Online Thesis Submission System is still available for all staff, so Supervisors are still able to approve NITS through Sharepoint.

Find these forms with the University's Academic Services

What if something changes once you have submitted your NITS?

If anything changes once you have submitted your NITS, you should contact your Supervisor, the relevant School Postgraduate Office or the College Postgraduate Research Office, depending on the issue, as soon as possible.

What happens next?

After receiving your NITS, your Graduate School will then begin the process of nominating examiners.