1. About your thesis

The best way to understand the requirements for a successful thesis is to read some recently written ones.

The Library website has instructions for finding for UQ theses. You can search by keyword, school and year.

If you like, you can search for the theses written by recent recipients of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Higher Degree Theses. These are the theses that received commendations from their examiners. Each year, fewer than 10 per cent of UQ theses receive a Dean's Award.

Your thesis has to make a contribution to knowledge that reflects the effort of 3 to 4 years study full-time for a PhD or one to 2 years study full-time for an MPhil.

In your thesis you have to:

  • produce original findings
  • sustain a coherent and cogent argument
  • communicate the significant aspects of your research
  • relate the research topic to the broader framework of knowledge in your discipline
  • write clearly, accurately and cogently
  • reference and document appropriately and accurately
  • make clear which work has been completed by you and which work was completed by another person (if relevant).

The formal requirements for having your degree awarded are outlined in the Higher Degree by Research Examination Policy and Procedures.