Students must initiate the research examination process online via PeopleSoft.

The deadline for submission of theses/ dissertations without having to re-register, is 12h00 by the start of the term date.  If you submit by this time, you will not need to register at the beginning of the year.  Submissions after the start of term may qualify for a submission fee rebate, refer to the 2022 Fees Handbook for details. 

Master's students:

Below is the roadmap of the dissertation examination process:

Roadmap Timeline Process Infographic Graph

 

Students must use the Student Help Document to complete the submission steps via PeopleSoft.

 

December Graduation

March/April Graduation

Notice of intention to submit

Master’s students must upload their notice of intention to submit their dissertation for examination on PeopleSoft.

Relevant forms:

Additional required documentation, see Student Help Document: Abstract

At least 6–8 weeks before the submission of their dissertation for examination.

At least 6–8 weeks before the submission of their dissertation for examination.

Submission of dissertation

Master’s students to upload their dissertation for examination on PeopleSoft by the recommended submission guideline dates

Depending on the outcome of the examination process and the date that the examination process is concluded, a Master's student may be eligible to graduate at the next available graduation ceremony. But there is no guarantee that the examination process will be concluded by the graduation ceremony deadline.

Relevant forms: 

Additional required documentation, see Student Help Document

  • Abstract
  • Dissertation
  • Turnitin originality report

June

 

This date is a guide - 5 months before the upcoming graduation ceremony.

September

 

This date is a guide - 5 months before the upcoming graduation ceremony.

Graduation ceremony deadline dates

Graduation list closes. Final date for qualifier status to be on system.

Relevant forms: 

For more information, refer to the Graduation Overview page.

31 October with corrections due 20 October

 

Contingent on whether the examination process is concluded by this date.

31 January with corrections due 20 January

 

Contingent on whether the examination process is concluded by this date.

 

PhD students

Please refer to the Doctoral Degrees Board page via the UCT website for more information on the examination procedure and forms to be completed.

Page last updated 5 September 2022