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Please note that due to ongoing restrictions the AR Service Desk is currently closed and has no facility for students to deliver their thesis.
If you wish to post your thesis to us, please be aware that staff attendance in the AR is restricted so we may not be able to confirm receipt of same for some time. 
For more information about your hardbound thesis submission options contact the academic registry at

Submission of Research Thesis

Thesis Submission Guidelines (PDF - 129KB)

Intention to Submit Form (143 KB)

All research theses are submitted to the Academic Registry Service Desk where staff will accept your required two copies of your softbound thesis (including two loose copies of your abstract) and will request that you sign a “First Submission/ Revised Submission” form. The information required on the form includes your name and student details; details of the degree for which you are submitting and the full title of the thesis.

This form must be signed and dated by the candidate. If you are requesting someone other than yourself to submit your thesis on your behalf we must receive a “First Submission / Revised Submission” form signed by you and your delegate will be requested to sign also when they submit the work. This form is used for both first (softbound) submission and for subsequent softbound submission/s post initial examination.

When you have received confirmation from the Dean of Graduate Studies of your final result you will be requested to submit two hard bound copies of your thesis. These are also submitted to the Academic Registry Service Desk and a "Final submission" form will be presented to you for signature – this form requests that you confirm that what you are submitting is the final copy of the thesis.

For any additional queries on research submission of first and subsequent theses please contact the Academic Registry with the subject "Research Submission" or see

Submission Deadlines for Hardbound and E-Thesis

Final Date for Applying for Graduation

Final Date for Submission of
e-Thesis and Hardbound Thesis

Commencement Ceremony Dates*

22 August 2019

28 August 2019

Autumn: 31 October 1, 4 6, 7 and 8 November 2019


19 September 2019

18 September 2019

Winter: 28 and 29 November 2019
2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 December 2019


23 January 2020

29 January 2020

Spring: 7, 8 and 9 April 2020


13 February 2020

8 April 2020

Summer: 25 and 26 June 2020



Research Register

All postgraduate students who are undertaking a research degree in Trinity College Dublin are deemed to be on the research register. The specific degrees which fall into the research degree category are as follows:

  • M.Litt
  • M.Sc (by research)
  • Ph.D
  • M.D.
  • M.A.I.

The regulations which govern students admission to, progression on, and examination on the research register are available in the University of Dublin Calendar Part III and all prospective and current students are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with these.

Students who undertake a research project or dissertation as part of a taught postgraduate course (M.Phil; M.Sc) are not deemed to be on the research register and the regulations pertaining to taught postgraduate students apply to them.

For any additional queries on research admissions please contact the Academic Registry with the subject "Research Admission" or see