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Examination of FMHS Doctoral Dissertations

 

SUBMISSION DATES FOR DOCTORAL DISSERTATION EXAMINATION

15 October previous year - June
Final cut-off: 31 July (or the last workday before this date)
  • December graduation
August - September
Final cut-off: 14 October (or the last workday before this date)
  • March/April graduation

 

A PhD dissertation may be submitted for examination at any point in the year. An intention to submit form must have reached the Tygerberg Doctoral Office six months earlier. Inclusion in a particular graduation series can unfortunately not be guaranteed. A candidate may realistically be included in the relevant graduation series, assuming that the examiners were appointed six months earlier, that the dissertation is received positively by all three examiners, that the oral report is scheduled within seven weeks from submission, and that the supervisor report is submitted directly thereafter. It is preferable to submit a dissertation for examination not in the last week or two, but by at least six weeks prior to the final cut-off date.

(The final cut-off date for possible December graduation is 31 July; and the final cut-off date for possible March/April graduation is 14 October; or the last work day before these dates.)

The period directly after submission is ideal for preparing and submitting an article for publication in an indexed journal; or to kickstart the patenting process where relevant.

  • Nominate examiners six months prior to submission. No dissertation may be submitted to examiners if they have not been recommended by the Committee for Postgraduate Research (CPR). Take note that the SU Senate may refuse to approve examiners and results at the same meeting.​
  • Format dissertations according to the following guidelines:
    1. There is no need to include the SU crest on your dissertation
    2. Do include your student number on any one of the initial pages
    3. The title on the dissertation must match the latest, Senate-approved title exactly
    4. Dissertation formatting requirements
    5. Guidelines for the document formatting of an SU doctoral dissertation​​
    6. Format of an FMHS dissertation

    1. Avoid uploading your articles or dissertation to the Turnitin repositoriy
    2. You may exclude matches smaller than three words or 1%
    3. Should your own published articles be included in an online repository,
      you may exclude these from the report
    4. Aim for a Turnitin similarity score of no higher than 15%​​

  • Upon submission, candidates are encouraged to prepare journal articles and submit these for publication to indexed journals.

  • After submission, if all parties respond positively, and no substantial revisions are required, the examination process can take about ten weeks. Once all examiners have submitted (positive) reports, an oral examination is scheduled. On completion of the oral, the supervisor/s must submit a final report on the dissertation and examination process. Once all these documents have been received, the result must be formally approved by Senate. If the supervisor report is submitted by the individual due date, the committee approval process can take approximately three months.

  • Oral examination: The written examination is completed before the oral examination is arranged. The revised dissertation is usually available ahead of the oral. At the oral, the candidate must be able to satisfy all concerns of the examiners. More information on the oral arrangements is available here. After the oral, the final, approved dissertation must be uploaded to SunScholar, only via the
    online thesis / dissertation nomination system. Nominations can be done (only) by following the click-path my.sun.ac.za > Student Admin > Thesis / Dissertation Nomination. The SU library is the custodian of SunScholar and provides more information at this link.

  • A formal letter of completion is automatically issued by the registrar's division upon Senate approval of the result. Should you require a letter of completion at an earlier stage, this can be requested, but only after the result has been approved by the Committee for Postgraduate Research, which meets quarterly. After approval of the result by the CPR, a letter of completion may be requested from Ms Megan Jantjies (mjantjies@sun.ac.za) of the registrar's division. Regrettably, the Tygerberg Doctoral Office cannot issue such a letter.