Doctorate Thesis Submission Steps
When can I submit?
Please make sure you are aware of your start date. If you have made changes to your registration (for example leave of absence) this will change your submission date. Research students start in January, April, July or October, and usually agree a registration period of 3 or 4 years from their start date.
Students can submit any time in their last year of study. Students must begin planning for thesis submission 6 months before their submission date.
|Step||Student Responsibility||UCC Responsibility|
|1. Intention to submit||
||Supervisors should advise their students of the Intention to Submit form and to start planning 6 months in advance to meet their submission deadline.|
|2. Approval of external and internal examiners||Students do not play a role in the approval of external and internal examiners process.||Graduate Studies Office informs the school/department of student intention to submit and requests the school/department to appoint the examiners. Final approval resides with College Graduate School.|
|3. E-thesis Submission for Examination||
What is the three-month grace period?
You must be a registered student to submit your thesis for examination. If your registration period is about to expire you have an additional three months in which you can submit your thesis for examination without being liable for registration fees, but you must register for the next academic year. If you do not submit within the three months, you will be liable for a reduced fee (€1700 per annum/€850 per 6 months) for the remainder of the year.
|4. Viva Voce and Post Viva Voce (not applicable to MD thesis)||The internal examiner will arrange the Viva Voce examination required for students and will communicate the details to students and supervisors.
Doctorate students liaise with the internal examinner and supervisor/s on all aspects of Viva Voce.
Students will be given an unofficial recommendation after their Viva Voce.
|Doctorate students will undertake a Viva Voce. The internal examiner will arrange this and will communicate the details to students.|
|5. Examiner Report||
An examiners report is generated from the Viva Voce and requires formal approval at the Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee (see dates here).
The Internal Examiner should submit a joint examiners report to the Graduate Studies Office using the upload facility within 5 working days of the Viva Voce.
Students receiving a recommendation of award on condition of major or minor amendments should liaise with their internal examiner and supervisor regarding completion of the amendments.
Award, no amendments needed
Student progresses to the next step which is final e-thesis submission. Find your deadline here.
Award, on condition minor amendments are carried out
- Students liaise with their internal examiner to confirm the amendments needed.
- Student carries out amendments and sends them to their internal examiner for review.
- Internal Examiner confirms approval of corrections to the Graduate Studies Office using the upload facility and confirms to the student that they can progress to final e-thesis submission online via CORA.
Award, on condition major amendments are carried out
- Student liaises with their internal examiner to confirm the amendments needed.
- Student carries out amendments and sends them to both their internal examiner and external examiner for review.
- Internal examiner and the external examiner confirms approval of corrections to the Graduate Studies Office using the upload facility and confirms to the student that they can progress to final e-thesis submission online via CORA.
- The original examiners report along with the confirmation from examiners regarding major amendment completed are submitted to the next ACGSC meeting (see dates) for final approval.
Reject, but permit submission of a revised thesis
- Student is required to undertake a major rewrite of all or a significant part of the thesis.
- This process should be completed within 12 months and the candidate must be registered as a student.
- The new thesis needs to be submitted as a PDF online for a new examination (see step 1).
Reject, but allow the award of a lower degree
A research Masters degree is awarded in lieu of a Doctorate as the thesis stands, or such a degree is awarded subject to minor or major amendments. A recommendation will need to be made on the grade of award of the lower degree (on the original thesis).
No degree is awarded as the thesis is very seriously and inherently deficient.
For detailed information here.
|Step||Student Responsibility||UCC Responsibility|
|6. Final e-thesis submission and conferring Doctorate students||
Take a look at the final e-thesis submission deadlines and corresponding conferring deadlines to decide when you will submit and confer.
|7. Conferring||Once the final e-thesis has been submitted you will be put forward to graduate at the next conferring ceremony and will receive information on this by email.
UCC Conferring - https://www.ucc.ie/en/conferrings/dates/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org