Doctoral dissertation prize

The Research Degrees Examination Board (RDEB) awards an annual prize for outstanding excellence in a doctoral dissertation in each Faculty.


To be considered, students must have been awarded a doctoral degree by dissertation within the academic year.

Students who were registered for a doctoral degree by published work, cannot be nominated for the prize.

Examiners make a doctoral dissertation prize nomination where they agree that the student's dissertation:

  1. has made an exceptional achievement, as demonstrated in the substance and presentation of the dissertation
  2. contains a high level of originality and makes an important contribution to the research area or discipline/s
  3. has excelled in the use of research methods and/or techniques.

Examiners nominate suitable dissertations on their joint final report and the nominations are discussed by the RDEB.

Judging process

The Faculty PGR Director reviews all nominations and proposes a winner.

RDEB confirms who won from each faculty at its first meeting of the next academic year.

Announcing the results

The winners are informed when RDEB officially announces the awards.