Pass with major corrections

Examiners may choose the recommendation of pass with major corrections if they are satisfied that the thesis has the potential to merit the award of the degree for which it has been submitted, but does not yet satisfy the requirements for award and contains deficiencies that are in excess of editorial or presentational corrections. This may involve re-writing sections, correcting calculations or clarifying arguments, but should not require the candidate to undertake any further original research.

The candidate will be granted six months to complete the required corrections from the date they receive the list of required corrections. The examiners are responsible for providing the candidate with the details of the required corrections as soon as possible following the viva. One of the examiners will undertake to check the corrections and notify Research Services once they have been satisfactorily completed. Normally this will be the responsibility of the internal examiner.

When the student has completed the required major corrections, they should send a copy of the revised thesis directly to the examiner who is going to check the corrections (normally this is the internal examiner). It is acceptable for the candidate to email a copy of the thesis directly to the examiner for checking. This is the only circumstance where it is acceptable for candidates to send a copy of the thesis directly to the examiners. Once the thesis corrections have been approved by the examiner, students must provide a final electronic Library copy of their thesis - see Final Library Copy

Exceptionally, the time-limit for completion of major corrections may be extended by the faculty for a further period; however, lengthy or repeated extensions are unlikely to be approved, as six months should be adequate time to complete major corrections. Students who need to request an extension should complete the Time Limit Extension form available from Research Services and, if the extension is granted, will be required to pay the standard extension fee for the duration of the extension period.