A thesis is a formal comprehensive, written document describing original research completed on a chosen subject. This work may include, but is not restricted to:
- investigation aimed at a discovery and/or interpretation of facts
- challenge and/or possible revisions of accepted theories or laws
- the ordering and synthesizing of existing findings to support a conclusion, which could open up new research directions
An essential feature of the thesis is the candidate’s demonstration of competence to complete a research project and present the findings. In particular, the PhD thesis must constitute a distinct contribution to knowledge in the major field of study, and the material must be of sufficient merit to be, in the judgment of the examiners, acceptable for publication.