Depositing your definitive 'Library Copy' of the dissertation
Depositing a hard-bound copy of your dissertation for the library
To submit a hard-bound copy to the library you must bring the following items to the Exams office within 28 days of your degree being awarded:
- Complete hard-bound copy of your dissertation (or published work and commentary), including all corrections required by the examiners
- Completed Thesis deposit agreement (PDF, 11kB)
At present the University does not have a facility that allows for an electronic copy of your thesis to be deposited, and depositing a hard-bound copy is the only option. The University is currently investigating a facility for the deposition of electronic theses.
You must provide the paperwork listed above or your dissertation will not be listed in the University's Library Catalogue or made available on the Library shelves and your degree certificate will be withheld.
Submitting a hard-bound copy to your School
You may be required to submit a hard-bound copy of your dissertation to your school or supervisor.
If you are submitting it by post, you may send this copy to the Exams Office and we will send it to your School on your behalf or, you can submit it to your School in person.
Format of hard-bound copy
The final copy or copies should be:
- Hard-bound in stiff board, in a washable plain black buckram or buckram equivalent;
- Spine width should not exceed 50 mm;
- Larger sheets or printed matter should be placed in a pocket inside the back cover or in a separately bound volume;
- If your dissertation is in a language other than English, it must include the extended summary in English and the abstracts in both language;
- The title should appear on the outside front cover in embossed 18 point gold lettering (in both English and the language of the dissertation if that is not English);
- The spine must be lettered in embossed 18 point gold lettering, with your initials and surname, degree, volume number (if necessary), and year of submission (this should run from top to bottom, so it can be read when the volume is flat with the top cover facing upwards).
- There are a number of bookbinders that provide a dissertation binding service which complies with the University's Regulations including Print Services.
Make your dissertation available online
Defer access to your dissertation
- If you believe you have a case to defer making your dissertation available, you must complete Request to defer access to a research degree dissertation form (Office document, 24kB).
- The process for staff to follow to allow a student to defer access is set out in: Process for requesting deferral of access (PDF, 84kB)
Regulations and code of practice
The Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes provides a framework of procedures and practices to support research degree candidates and their supervisors.