The Research Training team run a variety of workshops, seminars and courses aimed at helping you prepare your thesis as well as guidance on working with your supervisor to achieve a successful submission.
This work can be accompanied by an exegesis (commentary and interpretation of the work) or a dissertation (on a topic related to the work).
Any written work accompanying a thesis by creative works must be substantial; between 30,000 and 60,000 words for a Ph D and between 15,000 and 30,000 for an M. The final presentation of the work will be a public presentation; an exhibition, recital, lecture or some other form as agreed with the supervisor and the university.
The aim is to provide an efficient and effective process for managing HDR thesis submission and examination, reducing examination times and improving tracking and reporting. The upcoming changes are part of the ANU commitment to simplify and standardise HDR administrative support processes. To familiarise yourself with the project or for more information please visit the project web page, contact the Project Manager Megan Easton or contact the HDR Examinations Office (EGAP) via [email protected]
In Australia the thesis is an extended written piece which reports on the results of a three to four year programme of research (in other countries the writing component is called a 'dissertation').
The majority of theses are available for research or study, however some may not be available due to author or copyright restrictions.
To check whether access restrictions apply to a particular thesis, ask at the Menzies Library Information Desk or email the ANU Library.There are three common types of thesis documents allowed in the ANU research award rules: a standard thesis of up to 100,000 words in length for a Ph D (or 60,000 words for an M.Phil); a thesis by compilation (sometimes called a thesis by publication) and a thesis by creative works.The thesis should incorporate a summary of the research undertaken during the program.At ANU we do not usually require an oral defence or 'viva'.The majority of theses are openly accessible; however, some may not be available under open access conditions due to author or copyright restrictions.If an author wishes to restrict access to their thesis (or part of it), they can elect to do so as part of the online submission process.A thesis by compilation may include works that are solo or joint authored and accepted for publication.The compilation can include works which have been explicitly prepared for publication but not yet accepted, however these should not make up the majority of the text.For further information including the Research Award Rules Legislation and Autonomous Australian Sanctions, please see the related links in the right hand panel.The following video (TBC) gives an overview of the Nomination of Examiner process including how to fill out the e Form.