The final examination of a candidate for a Research Masters or PhD degree is based on the explanation of the candidate’s research in a thesis describing the context, nature, methodology and outcomes of the research, prepared in accordance with international norms.
You may submit your thesis in 2 ways:
1. via the UCD eThesis System: please see here for further information.
Through the system, you will be able to submit your thesis electronically, verify authorship and programme compliance, and track progress through all stages of the examination process.
2. via hard copy: (note:subject to restrictions due to COVID-19: please see FAQ for further info)
You submit to the Student Desk in the Tierney Building as many soft bound copies of the thesis as there are members on your Examination Committee. There are usually three people on the Examination Committee i.e. internal examiner, extern examiner and the Chair of the Examination Committee. The members of your examination committee are listed on the "UView - Student Enquiry" Screen on your UCD student SIS Web account under the heading "Other Advisors". The theses must be accompanied by a completed Research Degree Examination Form signed by both you and your Principal Supervisor (download Research Degree Examination Form /access here in our Documents & Files).
Following the viva voce examination for PhD students and once you have the approval of the internal examiner that you have met the requirements of the Examination Committee you follow these steps:
View the lifecycle of the PhD programme at UCD, from application to conferring
View guidance and procedures relating to the viva voce oral examination