After Thesis Submission

Once you have submitted your thesis, your examiners have been nominated, and your supervisor’s approval has been lodged, your thesis will be sent to your examiners with a request to complete their examination within six weeks. Once your examiners’ reports have been received by your Faculty, the Higher Degree Committee (HDC) will use both reports to make a final recommendation.


Checking Examination Progress

While it is expected that your examiners will submit their reports within six weeks, it is not always possible to meet this deadline. The Graduate Research School is in regular contact with all examiners to negotiate any delays and ensure timely completion.

Once your examiners' reports have been received, they need to be considered by your Faculty before a recommendation can be made.

Much information regarding the progress of your thesis examination can be found through the Thesis Examination Management (TEM) system on myUNSW.

If you have questions that aren’t answered by the information in TEM, you can contact the Graduate Research School for advice. Due to the confidential nature of the examination, only certain information can be provided.

We can tell you:

  • If examiners have been approved

  • If the thesis has been sent to the examiners

  • If examiners have been reminded of the report deadline

  • If any reports have been received and, if all reports have been received, the date the reports were sent to the Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator for recommendation

  • If your Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator has made a recommendation on the basis of the examiners’ reports, and the date the recommendation will be considered by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC)

  • The Faculty Higher Degree Committee decision, when known


We cannot tell you:

  • The names of your examiners

  • The recommendations contained in the examiners’ reports before Faculty consideration

  • The recommendation of your Head of School


For more information, please refer to the Thesis Examination Procedure



The examiners’ reports are recommendations, and your School and Faculty must use them to make a final recommendation on the overall level of corrections required to the GRS. It is important to understand that it is not an averaging of the grade, as all aspects of these reports need to be considered.

Your Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator will review the examiners' reports and will provide guidance on the corrections required to the GRS, which will then be relayed to you.

The details of this process, including a description of the five possible recommendations that may be made regarding your thesis, are outlined in the Thesis Examination Procedure. You should consult this to confirm how the thesis corrections are reviewed, but if the final recommendation is to award the degree, you will receive a letter from the Graduate Research School confirming that you are now eligible for graduation.

In the event that you disagree with the outcome of your examination, you must present a cogent argument for your decision. The HDC will consider any such material and advise you of the outcome.


What Happens Next?

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