Graduate School Doctoral Thesis Prize 2017

The Thesis Prize is awarded by the Graduate School for excellence in doctoral work. The £500 award is offered to a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution to their field as a result of their doctoral study.


  • Any candidate whose PhD has been completed (including the final approval of corrections by examiners received by the GSO) between 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2017
  • Only dissertations that have passed without corrections or with minor corrections are eligible
  • Candidates may have graduated within the eligible period for the award but otherwise must be fully eligible to graduate in July 2017
  • Candidates for the award should be nominated by their supervisors and an internal examiner


Nominations will be submitted to named faculty contacts between 10 April and 2 June 2017. Nomination should include:

• An expanded abstract (1,000 words max.) detailing the aims of the project and its context within the field of study, the main findings and arguments presented in the dissertation and its key conclusions.

• A list of any additional outputs published by the candidate whilst enrolled for the PhD.

• Details of the candidate’s contribution to the wider research culture of their department/centre during their period of study. 

• The examiners’ final report (available from the Graduate School Office).

• A citation by the nominators (300 words max.) outlining their reasons for proposing the award, including : A brief outline of the research; the significance of the thesis to the field of study and its capacity for impact on the field. This should be written in a coherent style, suitable to be read at a public graduation ceremony when the award is presented.

Faculty contacts for submissions


The selection process

Faculties will review nominations internally and select a faculty winner. Faculty winners will be forwarded to the Graduate School from which one overall winner will be selected to receive a prize of £500. 

A panel of DMU academic staff and the Director of the Graduate School will nominate one candidate to receive the award. The Graduate School will also award prizes of £150 to the Faculty winners not selected for the overall University award. 

The winners will be formally announced at the relevant graduation ceremony in July 2017.

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