Friday, February 28, 2020

Postgraduate Thesis & Examination Procedure (Post-Viva Voce)

Post-Viva Voce

All theses must be corrected, approved by the Faculty and re-submitted to the Centre for Graduate Studies within 4 months for Master Degree and 6 months for PhD after the date of the viva.

Candidates are advised to follow the following procedures when doing the thesis correction:

Consult with Main Supervisor before submitting thesis for re-examination.

  1. Make correction based on report from Internal and External Examiner.
  2. Attach the detail of thesis correction (refer template provided).
  3. Obtain verification from Main Supervisor after correction using, Verification of Thesis Correction By Main Supervisor Form-FACA/FPC2.

 For the purpose of re-examination, candidates are required to submit one (1) copy of thesis, to the Deputy Dean (Postgraduate and Research) of FACA together with attachment of detail thesis correction and Main Supervisor’s verification form (FACA/FPC2).



Application Process

Applications to study in a postgraduate programme can be made anytime of the year and will be processed as and when all of the relevant documents are received. Admissions are ongoing basis for each year and divided into 2 semesters which is on March to September and September to March.

Application can be made via online (strongly advice) at Centre for Graduate Studies (CGS) and prospective candidates should also mail copies of supporting documents to CGS. All applications are subject to the approval by Faculty Postgraduate Committee and University.

An offer letter for postgraduate study in UNIMAS is valid for one calendar year from the date of offer. A candidate accepted for postgraduate study but who has not yet registered may choose to defer his/her study for a further one (1) calendar year by writing to the Dean of the Centre for Graduate Studies for approval.

Academic Year

The academic year is divided into two (2) semesters. Semester I is from September to Mac, Semester II is from Mac to September. Postgraduate students are required to register their candidacy at the beginning of each semester.

For more information on admission’s procedure, please contact or visit website:

Centre for Graduate Studies

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

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Postgraduate Thesis & Examination Procedure (Pre-Viva Voce)

Pre-Viva Voce

Candidates should notify in writing to the Centre for Graduate Study UNIMAS at least three (3) months before they intend to submit their thesis using the notification form; Notice For Submission of Thesis - Form 5NS (download form from www.postgraduate.unimas).

For the purpose of examination candidates are required to submit two (2) copies of thesis together with verification form; Supervisor Endorsement for Thesis Examination – FACA/FPC1.

Candidates also are advised to apply the following guidelines before submitting thesis for examination.

  1. 1.              Maximum Length Required

(a)    PhD Thesis - 100,000 words;

(b)   Master’s Dissertation - 60,000 words;

Excluding footnote, appendices, tables, diagrams, references and bibliography

  1. 2.              Conform to the set Guidelines

Candidates are required to conform to the guidelines set by the Faculty and Centre for Graduate Study UNIMAS. Candidates are also required to keep the writing structure and format especially citation and referencing format of their theses accurate and consistence. FACULTY OF APPLIED AND CREATIVE ARTS encourage candidate to apply APA (American Psychological Association) System 5th Edition for citation and referencing.

  1. 3.              Editorial Service

Candidates are advisable and encouraged of using the editorial service as to check their words and sentences structure before the thesis is sent for examination. Supervisors are not responsible on editing the theses. Students should refer for language expertise for the accuracy of translation and terminology. Theses that are reasonably free of errors will be accepted for examination.

  1. 4.              Similarity Index

Student’s thesis should undergo the plagiarism screening process using ‘Turn It In’ software. The software will generate the percentage of similarity.

  1. 5.              Supervisor’s Approval

Candidates should obtain verification and approval from their Main Supervisor using, Supervisor Endorsement for Thesis Examination Form – FACA/FPC1.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Research (PA11)

The academic progress of a research student is evaluated twice a year through progress reports. Final assessment is through thesis and a viva voce examination. A student who has satisfied the Examination Committee for Postgraduate Studies in all aspects of their work is eligible for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Requirement for PhD

A Master degree of high quality in an area relevant to the student’s proposed area of research from any recognised local/foreign university and approved by the Senate of the University.

Duration of Study for PhD

The normal duration of study for a PhD by research is three (3) years full-time and six (6) years part-time.

English Proficiency

For international students, a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or its equivalent (eg.TOEFL-525; TOEFL Computer Test -196; TOEFL Internet Test 69-70) is required.