Examination outcomes and reports

After the oral examination, the examiners complete a report that is sent to Research Services for faculty approval. This is a joint report, to which the preliminary reports completed by each examiner prior to the examination are appended.  If the examiners are unable to agree on a recommendation, a third examiner, external to the University, is normally appointed.  Research Services must be informed immediately so that arrangements for this can be made.

Examiners must clearly indicate on the report form their recommendation concerning the award or non-award of the degree. The recommendations open to the examiners following first submission and oral examination are as follows. 

  • that the degree be awarded without the need for any corrections to the thesis
  • that the degree be awarded once specified minor corrections have been completed to the satisfaction of the examiners
  • that the degree be awarded once specified major corrections have been completed to the satisfaction of the examiners
  • that the degree be not now awarded, but that the candidate be allowed to undergo a further oral examination without modification of the form or content of the thesis
  • that the degree be not now awarded, but that the candidate be allowed to submit a revised thesis after such modification of form or content as the examiners may prescribe, with/without oral re-examination
  • that the degree be not awarded

In addition, examiners for the degree of PhD may also make either of the following recommendations:

  • that the degree of PhD be not awarded, but that the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) be awarded (subject only to the necessary changes to the cover and title page of the thesis)
  • that the degree of PhD be not awarded, but that the candidate be allowed to submit a revised thesis for the degree of MPhil after such modification of form or content as the examiners may prescribe, with/without oral re-examination

Options for other degrees may vary and are set out in the Guidance Notes for Examiners

Once completed and signed, the report form should be returned to Research Services within two weeks of the date of oral examination. Where minor or major corrections are required, the separate minor/major corrections sheet should be detached and retained until the corrections have been completed to the examiners' satisfaction. One of the examiners will be required to approve the corrections once they have been completed.  This is normally undertaken by the internal examiner. The examiner should then sign and date the separate minor or major corrections sheet and return it immediately to Research Services.