Thesis Committee, Internal Assessors and Thesis Examiners

Thesis Committee

If an applicant is accepted into the Higher Degree by Research programme, the Thesis Committee will be formed. The Thesis Committee comprises a Thesis Chair, Principal Supervisor and one or more Co-Supervisors and/or Associate Supervisor(s). The minimum number of a thesis committee including the Thesis Chair is three (3) and a maximum six (6).

Generally, a Thesis Chair will be an experienced supervisor and has mainly administrative and mentoring roles. He/she is the one who reviews and approves any documentation/report/thesis at the thesis committee level before these documents/reports/thesis are submitted to Director of Graduate Research (AD, R & D) and/or to Curtin Malaysia Graduate School.

The supervisory team should consist discipline experts who will technically benefit the project supervision. The principal supervisor will have the prime responsibilities for the design and progress of HDR project and providing academic advice to the supervised HDR students. Co- and associate supervisors are appointed to provide additional expertise and guidance.


Thesis Chair

Higher Degree by Research Supervisors


Internal Assessors

Two (2) assessors (two supervisors listed on the Register of who have appropriate familiarity with the research topic and methods) shall be appointed to review the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student’s research works and progress (Milestones 1, 2 and 3). Their nominations should be confirmed before the internal assessments are conducted.


Thesis Examining Panel

The Curtin Malaysia Graduate Studies Committee (CMGSC) shall, on the recommendation of the Head of Enrolling Area/Associate Dean of R&D, appoint a Thesis Examining Panel prior to submission of the thesis (approximately three months before the anticipated thesis submission date) comprising the Thesis Chair (acting as Chair (ex officio)), and two Examiners.