Thesis and Dissertation

A thesis is the final product of a student’s time in graduate school. Students should begin planning their thesis from the very beginning of their degree program.

A thesis is a substantial piece of scholarly writing that reflects the writer’s ability to:

  • Critically analyze the relevant literature
  • Use and describe in detail the appropriate methodology for the research undertaken
  • Conduct research and present findings
  • Verify knowledge claims and sources meticulously
  • Locate the work of the thesis and its findings within the broader field or discipline
  • Communicate the research and analysis effectively

The thesis must be a coherent document that provides a complete and systematic account of the student’s research. It may incorporate work from submitted, accepted or published journal articles, which may or may not have co-authors.

Prospective or current graduate students who have questions about Theses and Dissertations that are not answered below, or are in need of additional support, are encouraged to contact the office by email (gradtheses.ok@ubc.ca).

Preparation

Students should prepare for their thesis from the very beginning of their degree program.

PREPARE YOUR THESIS

Examination

Students in thesis-based graduate programs must defend their theses in an oral examination

EXAMS

Submission

Students must submit their final thesis documentation electronically to gradtheses.ok@ubc.ca.

POST DEFENCE SUBMISSION

Conferral

Every candidate for a degree must make a formal application for degree conferral via the Student Service Centre (SSC)

DEGREE CONFERRAL