The Examiners scrutinise the candidate’s dissertation or thesis. They must submit an individual written critique to the Convenor before a meeting of the Examining Committee.
The Examining Committee normally conducts an oral examination for Doctoral candidates.
For Masters candidates, the Committee may at its own discretion:
- conduct an oral examination
- meet to confirm the outcome without conducting an oral; or
- complete the assessment by correspondence
For Doctoral and Masters orals, the Convenor of the Examining Committee may invite the Supervisors to attend the oral examination and dissertation of the examiners in a non-voting capacity.
The Examiners prepare and sign a joint report which includes a summary Pro Forma. Sample Examiner Report forms are available to view on the Student Experience website.
An electronic version of the form is sent to the External Examiner by Student Experience together with the thesis and other relevant information.
The Examiners’ Report will either make an agreed recommendation. Or they will record details of any disagreement along with a proposal for resolution.
The Report should provide a clear justification for the Examining Committee’s decision. Examiners should be aware that this is likely to be made available to the candidate.
In the event of small differences of judgement within the Examining Committee, External Examiners’ views will normally prevail.
The Convenor must report more significant disagreements to the Faculty Board of Study. They must also submit a proposal for resolution. The Convenor may in such circumstances seek approval from the Board of Study for the appointment of a second External Examiner.
The Convenor will return the Examiners’ Report to Student Experience. This will be countersigned. This is to certify that all the instructional elements of the course have been completed. They will inform the candidate and the Responsible Person of the outcome. And they will put forward recommendations of the Examining Committee. Student Experience will forward any award recommendation to the Faculty Board of Study and Senate for ratification.
Student Experience will provide written confirmation to the candidate, subject to ratification by the Board of Study and Senate.
For a candidate who is required to resubmit, the Convenor or Internal Examiner will communicate to him or her what further work is required.