Pass with minor corrections

It is often the case that the examiners wish to recommend the degree be passed subject to the completion of minor corrections to the thesis. This is an option which may be exercised when the examiners are satisfied that the thesis meets the requirements for the award of the degree, but contains deficiencies that are genuinely minor in nature, such as typographical or presentational errors.  The nature and extent of the required corrections should be such that they can reasonably be completed and submitted to the examiner within a period of three calendar months from the date the examiners notify the student of the corrections. If more substantial corrections are required before the award of the degree can be recommended, or if the examiners remain in some doubt that the thesis is likely to meet the required standard for the degree after minor amendments, then the examiners should make a different recommendation.

Where minor corrections are required it is the examiners' responsibility to provide the student with details of the required changes as soon as possible following the viva. The examiners should also advise the student of the three-month timescale for completion of the amendments. Exceptionally, the three calendar months time-limit may, for good reason, be extended by the faculty for a further period; however, repeated extensions will not be permitted, as three months should be adequate time to complete any minor amendments. An application form is available from Research Services and the standard extension fee will be levied for the duration of the extension period. Students who are required to make minor corrections to their thesis will have their time limit extended by three months.  Students can get their UCard extended at SSiD in line with the new time limit on their student record.

When the student has completed the required minor corrections, they should send a copy of the revised thesis directly to the examiner who is going to check the amendments (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 Library copy of their thesis, either in print and/or electronic format - see section Library Copies