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Research Guide: Thesis & Dissertation

This Guide provides post graduate students with the tips and tools necessary to successfully complete their research.

Past presentations

Writing a Thesis

by Prof. Don Cowan


Theses and Dissertations

Click on the link below for access to previously submitted theses and dissertations by University of Pretoria Masters and PhD students.

Postgraduate Guides on submission

For detailed information regarding the submission process and other administrative aspects of the submission/examination of your research project, please see your faculty Postgraduate Guide:


If your faculty Postgraduate Guide is not listed above, please contact your Postgraduate Administrator for the relevant information. 

Dissertation or Thesis

Dissertation and thesis outlines come in all shapes and forms and the best guide will be to consult your supervisor or Department for a template. Please consult the UP General Rules and Regulations guide for up to date information. Further information can also be found within the following Postgraduate Handbooks and Faculty specific research materials*:

*If your Faculty's Postgraduate Handbook is not on the list, please contact your Faculty or Faculty Administration.

Printing & Binding

After the submission, examination and revision of your dissertation/thesis, you can have it bound. The University of Pretoria (UP) offers a binding service to all UP staff, students, as well as private clients. 


  1. Print your dissertation/thesis. This can be done in your personal capacity or at the Printers (next to the Bindery).
  2. Complete the Application form.
  3. Make the payment and submit the proof of payment to AND
  4. Personally, take your copies and application form to the Bindery on the South Campus.

For more information, please visit the Bindery webpage.