Presenting and submitting your dissertation for examination

Format a dissertation

The University has rules for the format of your dissertation which you must follow. There may also be rules specific to your area of study and you should check this with your supervisor.

You should also take care that your work is properly referenced. Failure to do this can lead to allegations of plagiarism.

 Submit a dissertation for examination

Your supervisor will discuss suitable examiners with you and put forward proposals to your head of school, at least four weeks before you intend to submit your work for examination. 

  • Submit an electronic copy of your dissertation to Turnitin via Blackboard, to be checked for plagiarism. (In exceptional circumstances, where there are contractual, security or satefy obligations, a research student or a main supervisor may request an exemption from the requirement to submit to Turnitin - see the relevant section in the research degrees staff information.)
  • Submit a softbound copy of your dissertation for each examiner (normally one external and one internal) either in person or by post. A copy is not required for an Independent Chair (if you have one).

Submission in Person

If you wish to submit in person, please present your softbound copies to:

The Information Point
Ground Floor
5 Tyndall Avenue

The Information Point is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and University closure days.

Note that the Information Point is closed all day on Tuesday 21st January - so you will not be able to submit on that date.

Submission by post

If you wish to submit your softbound copies by post, please send them to:

Academic Quality and Policy Office
Education Services
University of Bristol
31 Great George Street


If you are arranging for your copies of your thesis to be printed by University Print Services, they can deliver them directly to the Academic Quality and Policy Office on request.

Dissertations will be sent to examiners once an approved Appointment of Research Degree Examiners (ARDE) form and a Turnitin sign-off from School have been received. Your supervisor will fill out the ARDE form for you.  


Please contact your school if you need help with submitting your thesis to Blackboard.

Neither you nor your School may send any work directly to your examiners either electronically or in hard copy.

Contact us if you change your address.

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.

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