Submitting your thesis/dissertation for examination

For full details of how your thesis/dissertation should be presented please read the Code of Practice: Presentation of Thesis/Dissertation for the Degrees of MPhil/PhD/EdD/DEdPsy/DClinPsy/MbyRes

Please see an Example - Phd Title Page

When you are ready to submit your thesis/dissertation please bring the following documents to your place of submission in either Exeter or Cornwall:

  • two signed copies of your thesis/dissertation (an additional copy may be needed if three examiners have been appointed)
  • a completed Submission Form signed by both you and your Supervisor

Please note, students are no longer required to submit a British Library Doctoral Thesis Agreement Form.

Before submitting, please ensure that your work is printed and bound in the correct format.  Full details can be found in the Studying - rules and regulations section of our website.

If your Board of Examiners has already been appointed your thesis will be posted to them immediately.  Your Internal Examiner will contact you shortly after to discuss the arrangements for your viva voce exam.

If your examiners have not yet been appointed, or your External Examiner has been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to receiving your thesis, there may be a delay between the submission of your thesis/dissertation and the date it is posted for examination.

Council Tax

If you are registered as a full-time postgraduate research student, you remain eligible for Council Tax exemption until your first year of continuation status (writing up) has passed or you have submitted your first thesis for examination, whichever is earlier.  From this point onwards you are liable for Council Tax charges.  Please see the Exeter City Council website for rules relating to Exeter Council Tax exemptions.

Place of Submission for Theses/Dissertations

Streatham and St Luke's Campus

If you are studying on either our Streatham or St Luke's Campus, please submit your thesis/dissertation and completed submission form to the SID Desk, University of Exeter Forum, Stocker Road.

Cornwall Campus

If you are studying on our Cornwall Campus we have made arrangements for you to submit locally.  You should take your thesis/dissertation and submission documents to the Registry, Academic Support Unit (ASU) and they will arrange for it to be brought up to the Postgraduate Administration Office in Exeter.

Submission by post

If you are submitting your thesis by post we recommend that you use a recorded delivery service.  Please send the thesis to Postgraduate Administration, University of Exeter Doctoral College, Room 1.01, Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN and email when you post your work.  We will let you know when it arrives safely.

Resubmission of a Thesis/Dissertation

If you are re-submitting your thesis/dissertation for a second examination please submit the revised copies to the SID Desk in Exeter or the Academic Support Unit in Cornwall together with a new submission form (see links above).

You will also need to pay a resubmission fee to either the SID Desk or the Student Finance Office in Cornwall.  Details of the amount to be paid will be confirmed after your first examination.

Contact Details

SID Desk
University of Exeter Forum
Stocker Road

Telephone: 0300 555 0444 (UK callers) or +44 (0)1392 724724 (International callers)
Fax: +44 (0)1392 722458