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Intention to Submit Form

The first step in submitting your thesis is to complete and return an Intention to Submit form. This must be submitted to your Course Administrator at least two months before you intend to submit. Please attach one copy of your thesis summary/ abstract to this form. 

On receipt of the completed form and summary, the Degree Committee will contact your department requesting nominations of prospective examiners. Once your examiners are confirmed, DO NOT send them electronic copies of your thesis; they must receive hard copies only, which will be send to them by your Department.

Appointment of Examiners

The submission of your Intention to Submit form will automatically start the process of appointment of examiners.

If you expect to leave the UK soon after submission you will need to return to the UK to attend the oral examination (viva). You should state on the Intention to Submit form the proposed date of your departure, allowing at least eight weeks between the date of the submission and the proposed date of departure.

The Degree Committee will do its best to arrange an oral examination as quickly as possible. A delay may result if there is any difficulty in finding an Examiner. Longer delays may be experienced during vacation periods.

Approval of Thesis Title

When do I need a precise title for my thesis?

The research subject is provisionally approved at the point of admission to the degree and confirmed more specifically when you are formally registered for a research degree.

When you apply for Examiners to be appointed, the Degree Committee may ask for a precise thesis title to be proposed. The supervisor may also be invited to indicate his or her support for this title which will need to be submitted to the Degree Committee for approval.

The Summary

The summary must be written in English and should consist of a piece of connected prose forming an abstract of the thesis and be about 300 words in length. If at all possible, it should be accommodated on one side of A4 sized paper. It should bear the candidate's name and the exact title of the thesis at the head of the page.

The summary will be considered by the examiners and, if the thesis is approved, be deposited in the University Library for consultation and inter-library loan.

When submitting the final hard-bound copy of the thesis you will need to provide a further loose copy of this summary, identical to that bound into the final version. This is for the University Library file.

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