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Thesis & Final Year Project Submission Guide: Submission Guidelines


This guide is to provide you with the basic information and guidelines on writing and submitting your thesis, dissertation or final year project at NCI. Take a look at the general submission information on this page as well as the specific guidelines based on your course (see course guidelines tab above). If you seek further information or assistance, please talk to a member of library staff or to your lecturer/supervisor. 

What is a thesis or dissertation?

A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification. It explains the purpose, the methods, and the findings of the research project with a supporting literature review and bibliography.

Thesis Submission Guidelines

*Note: It is no longer a requirement for a hard copy of your dissertation to be submitted, an electronic copy submitted through Moodle is sufficient.

If you want to create a hard copy of your thesis - see the NCI style guidelines below:

  • Your thesis or dissertation should be hard bound in University Blue with Gold lettering.
  • The spine of your bound thesis or dissertation should give your name, the degree for which it is presented and the year in which the degree is conferred.
  • The cover should give the title of your thesis or dissertation, your name, the degree for which it is presented and the year in which the degree is conferred.

NCI requires that once your thesis or dissertation has been submitted and approved by your school or supervisor, an electronic version is deposited into the NCI Library repository NORMA. The electronic copy you submit via Moodle (Turnitin), will be generated into a PDF copy, arranged by your school or programme coordinator, and passed onto the Library to be deposited. If you have any security settings on your soft copy, please disable these before you upload it to Moodle.

You are required to complete and sign a Submission of Thesis and Declaration form (find below) and attach this to all copies (both bound and electronic) of your thesis or dissertation.

NCI, the Library and NORMA make no claim of ownership of student theses or dissertations; however, the college retains a non-exclusive license to make copies of theses or dissertations as needed for the academic or archival purpose of the institution. This included providing open access to the work on the internet. If necessary to protect legitimate proprietary interests (such as patent rights), students may request to temporarily delay the public display of their dissertation or thesis.

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