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Submitting your eThesis

Postgraduate Research Students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis as part of the PGR examination process.

Electronic submission is completed via MyManchester:

Following successful final submission, University of Manchester eTheses are available via the institutional repository, Pure, and discoverable via the University’s Research Explorer and Library Search.

The eThesis submission process

Download our eThesis submission guide for detailed information to support your eThesis preparation.

Examination submission

You will be notified by email when your PGR Administrator has opened a submission window to enable you to complete eThesis examination submission. The submission window in the eThesis Submission System will close three days before the final submission deadline to allow time for printing and binding paper copies from the submitted eThesis.

You are required to select your preferred access level for your final eThesis when completing examination submission. The University's Presentation of Theses policy requires that all final Postgraduate Research eTheses are made Open Access no longer than 12 months after submission, unless an exception to the policy is required for reasons of sponsorship or sensitive content. Your final eThesis access level is subject to supervisor approval. See Access to your final eThesis for more information.

Once you complete examination submission of your eThesis, your supervisor will be notified of your preferred access level for your final eThesis. Your supervisor will consider this in light of the University policy and requirements of your eThesis, and either approve or override your preferred access level. Your final eThesis access level will be marked as ‘Pending’ in the eThesis submission system until a decision is made. You will be notified via email when your supervisor confirms the access level for your final eThesis.

Depending on the recommendations of your examiners, you may be required to complete resubmission of your eThesis. In this case, a resubmission window will be opened by your PGR Administrator for you to complete. You will be able to complete resubmission even if your supervisor has not yet approved your final eThesis access level. In this case, your final eThesis access level will be marked as ‘Pending’ in the eThesis submission system.

Final submission

When you’re ready to submit of your final eThesis, your PGR Administrator will open a final submission window for you to complete. Once final submission is completed, your final eThesis will be available via the institutional repository, Pure, and discoverable via the University’s Research Explorer and Library Search.

Help and guidance

Download our eThesis submission guide  for detailed information to support your eThesis preparation.

To help you prepare for your eThesis submission, you may wish to view these screenshots of the eThesis submission form:

Screenshots: My Manchester student view

Screenshots: eThesis examination submission form

Screenshots: eThesis final submission form

You should familiarise yourself with the University’s regulations and guidance notes on submission and presentation of Postgraduate Research theses:

Your Postgraduate Research Development team will be able to provide training and guidance on thesis preparation and submission.

You can also contact the eThesis Support Service if you would like more information or assistance.

Hints and tips

  • We recommend that you use Google Chrome or Firefox to complete eThesis submission, as the submission system may not work effectively on other browsers.
  • Please ensure that you have turned off pop-up blockers in your internet browser before you begin eThesis submission.
  • The eThesis submission portlet is located at the bottom of your My Manchester homepage. If you can’t see it, search for ‘eThesis submission’ in the My Manchester search box, and click the eThesis submission link that appears. This will add the submission portlet to your MyManchester page.
  • You must upload your eThesis as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file. You won’t be able to complete submission if you upload your thesis in another format, e.g. a Word file.
  • Large eThesis files will take longer to upload in the eThesis submission system. We recommend that you reduce the size of the eThesis as much as possible, e.g. by saving images as JPG files.
  • Please remember that you need to hand in printed and bound paper copies from the submitted eThesis for both examination submission and resubmissions.

The eThesis team is here to support you; contact us if we can provide more information or assistance.

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