Thesis submission for examination
How to submit your thesis to the College Postgraduate Research Student Office. The College Office now accepts electronic-only submission of theses for examination.
When do you need to submit your thesis?
You are expected to submit your thesis within the last two months of your maximum period. You must submit your thesis on or before your maximum end date.
If you wish to submit more than three months before your prescribed end date, you must confirm this with your supervisor, and have your early submission approved by the College Exams Committee.
If you think you will need an extension to your maximum period of study, you will need to contact your supervisor to discuss arranging an Extension of Studies.
If more than three months pass between submitting your Notice of Intention to Submit form (NITS) and your soft‐bound thesis, we may need to contact your examiners to confirm they are still available.
Is your maximum end date at the week-end or in a holiday?
If your maximum end date falls on a day when the College Postgraduate Research Student Office is closed, this is not a problem.
You can submit your thesis on the first day that the office is open again and this will not be considered a late submission.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your thesis arrives at the College by your submission deadline.
Has your thesis title changed since you submitted your NITS?
The title on your NITS form must be your final thesis title.
If your title changes after you have submitted your NITS pack, you need to re‐submit these forms, ensuring they show the correct title.
What do you need to submit your thesis?
Please note the submission is electronic only - a soft-bound copy of your thesis is not required.
The thesis file must contain
- an abstract
- and a lay summary.
There is no requirement to include a separate signed declaration of own work. Completion of the thesis submission process covers this requirement.
Have Covid-19 circumstances adversely affected your research?
PhD and MPhil students can make the Board of Examiners aware of the impact the pandemic has had on their research when they submit their thesis.
This statement should not be included within the thesis, but provided as a separate document of no more than a single page at the point of thesis submission, via the online submission system.
If you have already submitted your thesis but you are still to have your viva, this can also be sent directly to email@example.com .
This statement will be submitted to the Examiners following the receipt of the pre-viva Reports, but before the Viva.
Detailed guidance on how to format your thesis can be found in the:
Watch your word count.
Please note you will be asked to confirm your final word count on submission.
You may need a concession.
If the word count is above that permitted for your programme, a Concession for this additional wordcount must be approved before submission - otherwise the thesis will be returned.
Supervisor support for the additional word count will be required with the Concession request.
If the request is approved, Examiners will be notified of the additional work required prior to their appointment, or before the thesis is sent for examination.
Please consult your Graduate School for advice regarding referencing regulations and practices.
Have your thesis submitted through Turnitin.
Please note your thesis must be submitted through Turnitin before submission and all similaritly reports discussed with your Academic Supervisory Team.
Please consult your Graduate School to proceed with this requirement.
You are welcome to use a proof‐reader for your thesis.
However, please be advised that proof‐readers should only comment on grammar, vocabulary, and clarity of written English; they should not advise on the subject matter of your thesis or your argumentation.
As the author of your thesis, you hold copyright of all work submitted for assessment.
Prepare electronic files of your thesis.
Following this guidance will minimise any potential risk of having to re-do the process, and ensure your submission progresses smoothly.
Use common file formats.
You must submit files in the following common formats:
- Documents: MS Word (.docx) or Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
- Spreadsheets: MS Excel (.xlsx)
- Presentations: MS PowerPoint (.pptx)
- Images: .jpg or .tif
- Video: .mp4
- Audio: .wav or .mp3
You should avoid submitting files compressed in zip or other archive formats (such files are difficult to access on submission and single large files are more problematic to upload over slower, or inconsistent broadband connections).
Apply this file naming convention consistently.
When submitting more than one file, you should consider how you would wish the examiners to review the content.
In particular, you should give consideration to the file order which you expect examiners should read or review the content.
- Student number, for example, s1234567
- Order number, for example, 01, 02, 03 – 10, 11, 12
- Short descriptive name, for example, Abstract, Appendix 1
Full example filename: s1234567-01-Abstract.pdf
Prepare an index file with our template.
In addition to the naming convention above, you must upload an index file, based on the simple template below, setting out the file name and a brief description of the contents of the file.
Download our electronic file submission file index template.
Rename the index file in line with the guidance above. We suggest a format along the lines of: s1234567-00-Index.pdf
Populate the index document with details of all files you intend to submit electronically for the attention of your examiners.
Example content for the index document:
|File name||File extension||Brief description of file|
|s1234567-00-file-index||docx||This serves as an index of all submitted files.|
|s1234567-01-abstract||docx||The abstract of my thesis|
|s1234567-02-thesis||docx||The main body of my thesis|
|s1234567-03-appendix 1||docx||Appendix 1: figures and tables|
|s1234567-04-image 1||jpg||Hi-resolution version of image 1: view of...|
This file index document will be the first document you upload.
Upload electronic files of your thesis.
Do you use University systems with staff credentials?
Always submit your thesis file(s) using your student credentials (sXXXXXXX@ed.ac.uk)
If you use University systems with staff credentials, please click on the button below to open the link in an incognito or private browser window so that you may log in directly with your student credentials.
If you are denied access because you are logged in with staff credentials, log off and log back in with your student credentials.
Reminder: This page is aimed at students for a postgraduate research degree in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
What happens next?
Once we have received your thesis and your examiners have been nominated, the College Postgraduate Research Student Office will send your thesis out to your examiners for the first stage of the examination process.