Deposit your thesis
When you complete a research degree at Kent, you have to deposit a copy of your final thesis (PhD, MPhil or MA-R) to the Kent Academic Repository (KAR) before you graduate.
Preparing your document
Before you deposit, you must make sure your document is in the correct format.
You may need to redact parts of your thesis if it:
- contains other people's work which you don't have the right to use
- contains sensitive or confidential material.
If you have data, diagrams, maps, multimedia items or any other documents you can't incorporate into the body of your thesis, check how to prepare and deposit this material.
Decisions you need to make
You need to decide:
- if you need to deposit a redacted version of your thesis as well as the full version.
- if you wish to apply an embargo because you are planning to publish it
- if your thesis cannot be publicly available because it contains a lot of sensitive or confidential material
- which Creative Commons licence to apply to your thesis.
How to deposit your thesis into KAR
You deposit your thesis through your school’s Moodle page. Your school will send you the link and you will need to follow these steps.
If you've been awarded your PhD on the basis of published works, you can still record it on KAR.
How having your thesis in KAR affects you
KAR is Kent’s Open Access institutional archive, through which your thesis is publicly available and downloadable.
- This has many benefits to you.
- You will keep ownership of the copyright of your work.
- It will not affect your ability to publish if you choose the right access option.
- KAR and Open Access: email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Copyright: email email@example.com
- Choosing the best deposit option for your thesis: speak to your supervisor and the Submission Review Panel