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​Examination of Masters Theses (100% Research only)


  • Applications close end of September
  • Consult the SU Calendar or website at
  • Apply online at
  • Departments/Divisions/Centres conduct their own selection
  • Upon selection, departments nominate supervisors via departmental PPCs



  • ​Only students who have completed the formal application process can be registered
  • Takes place through the FMHS student administration
  • Contact Ms VB Joseph:
  • First semester: 2 January to 31 March
  • Second semester: 1 June to 31 July


  • Please see the Guidelines for Masters by Thesis and consult your supervisor or HoD
  • Students and supervisors must work together closely and positively on the basis of regular written submissions
  • Final mark for Masters by thesis is based on thesis and oral
  • Consult​ Ms Nicoline Cockrell ( for further information regarding examination only



  • Send an Intention to submit form to 6 months prior to examination
  • Department to nominate examiners via a departmental PPC report 6 months prior to submission
  • Submit the thesis at any time, well ahead of final cut-off dates:
    • 31 August for possible December graduation
    • 30 November for possible March/April graduation ​​

  • To submit a 100% research masters thesis for examination, the main internal supervisor should send a single email to, with the following three documents attached in PDF format:
    (a) Signed dissertation release form;
    (b) Approved thesis; and
    (c) Turnitin report indicating a similarity score of no more than 15% (file compressed as necessary).
  • After examination, supervisors and students must submit all theses to SunScholar via the Dissertation nomination system (from