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Doctoral College Thesis Prize

Recognition of outstanding academic research achievement and excellence

This new award recognises the outstanding contributions that our research students make to our global research presence and profile. 

The Doctoral College Thesis Prize will recognise outstanding academic research achievement and excellence, as well as outstanding contribution to a research area/discipline.

The prize (in the form of an engraved medal) can be awarded for a doctoral degree by thesis or a doctoral submission by published work.

Nomination Process

Examiners will be responsible for nominating a student for a prize following their examination of a thesis/by published work submission.  Doctoral students from all three Faculties can be nominated.

Information on the Doctoral Thesis Prize is provided to appointed Doctoral Examiners when they are sent the thesis for examination. The Doctoral College will provide the relevant Graduate School with an information sheet which will be sent out to Examiners along with the nomination form. The Joint Report form also contains a reference to the Doctoral Thesis Prize and a link to the guidance and nomination form.

If Examiners wish to nominate a student for a Doctoral Thesis Prize, they must provide a completed nomination form outlining the justification for their nomination based on the Doctoral Thesis Prize criteria to the relevant Graduate School.

Nominations should be submitted for consideration in May and October each year.

Selection Criteria

The Examiners would nominate a student for a Doctoral Thesis Prize where they agree that the student meets the following criteria:

  • Evidence of outstanding quality of the student’s academic achievement as demonstrated in the content and presentation of the thesis.
  • Evidence of a significant level of originality shown in the thesis and the thesis makes a significant contribution to the research area or discipline/s.
  • Evidence that the candidate has excelled in the design and implementation of their research project, e.g., the. candidate has excelled in the use of research methods or analysis of results.
  • Evidence of current or future impact of the thesis, e.g. on society, economy, etc.

All nominations will be considered by a Faculty Panel who will award prizes to outstanding students whose thesis have impressed the examiners and fulfilled the criteria for the prize. 

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