Guidelines on Thesis Submission in Languages other than English

Approved at the Faculty Postgraduate Affairs Committee 13 March 2007 and at the Faculty Board of Arts and Social Sciences 17 April 2007.

UNSW conditions for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy allow for the possibility of the submission of a research thesis in a language other than English. However, it should be noted that it is UNSW policy that all theses will be submitted in English. Under exceptional circumstances it is recognized that a topic of a thesis in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may require submission of all or part of the thesis in another language. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Higher Degree Committee (HDC) may grant such permission under the following conditions:

  1. Submission in a language other than English must be recommended by the School concerned, with justification provided, to the Faculty HDC. This recommendation must normally be received before the end of the first year of candidature.
  2. The Faculty HDC must give permission for such submission and the Dean of Graduate Research will be notified of all such cases.
  3. Permission to submit all or part of the thesis in another language may be granted if it can be shown that submission in a language other than English is necessary to meet the criteria for the award of the PhD, including originality and contribution to knowledge. In such cases, the thesis abstract must be in English, and English versions of the Introduction and Conclusion must form part of the bound thesis, in additional to the non-English Introduction and Conclusion.
  4. This permission can only be requested for a Doctoral thesis: Masters’ theses must always be submitted in English.
  5. A student’s poor level of competence in written English will not be accepted as a reason for submission in a language other than English.
  6. Submission in a language other than English must have the approval of the student concerned.
  7. The Faculty HDC will not give permission unless it is satisfied that suitable arrangements can be provided for thesis examination, and for the subsequent checking of any textual revisions required.
  8. Students admitted under the co-tutelle scheme will remain subject to the conditions attached to that scheme.
  9. This policy will take effect immediately, and will apply to all students currently enrolled, and to be enrolled in the future.