Preparing for Graduation @UNSW

Graduate Research School

Prior to graduating, you are required to provide two digital (electronic) copies of the final version of your thesis.

You must submit two digital copies of your thesis:

  • A master copy of your completed thesis which includes a signed copy of the Originality statement, Copyright and Authenticity statements and Thesis/Dissertation Sheet. This copy will be archived and will not be publicly accessible.
  • A public version of your thesis which will be made available online and has been modified by you to exclude any third party copyright material for which permission has not been given.

NOTE: A final paper version of the thesis is no longer required.

The final digital copies must include:

These must all be signed and included at the front of the thesis.

Please visit the UNSW Library Website for further information regarding digital submission. The need for an embargo of two years or less can also be indicated at the time of submission of the electronic copies to UNSWorks.

More details about the final library copies can be found in the Thesis Format Guide.

PLEASE NOTE - You will not be able to receive your testamur at the graduation ceremony if you have not submitted the digital copies of your thesis.

Conferral and Graduation Ceremonies

Once your thesis has been approved and you receive your completion letter, the Graduations Team will allocate you to the next available conferral*. After your degree conferral date you will then be allocated to a graduation ceremony.

The date of your graduation ceremony will depend on when your award is conferred. In order to manage graduate numbers, there are two deadlines for inclusion in either the Winter or Summer ceremonies.

For 2017 these are:

  • Thursday 13 April is the last date for your degree to be conferred and for you to be included in the Winter 2017 ceremonies block
  • Friday 15 September is the last date for your degree to be conferred and for you to be included  in the Summer 2016 ceremonies block

The Graduations Team will contact you about your ceremony date and then you can also view the relevant information via MyUNSW.  If you have missed the deadline for inclusion into a ceremony block, you will automatically be allocated to the next ceremony block.

*Conferral is the administrative process by which your degree is awarded. You are considered a graduate of UNSW Australia once your conferral date has passed and are entitled to use your qualification and title. Awards are conferred monthly. The conferral process is separate from the graduation ceremony and does not affect your entitlement to attend the graduation ceremony.

Please refer to for all graduation information.