Annex 6

Guidance for research degree examiners on what constitutes minor errors in a dissertation

The following are allowable as minor errors under examiners' recommendation B (award subject to the correction of minor errors):

It should be possible to list the individual corrections required, and, once carried out, for the internal examiner to verify easily that the corrections have been made. In cases where there is no internal examiner, the Independent Chair must ensure that minor corrections are approved by an external examiner or by a University of Bristol academic nominated by the school.

The time needed to make minor corrections must be no more than 28 days after notification from the Research Degrees Examination Board at which the examiners’ reports were considered (RDEB meeting dates are available here). 

The University requires the internal examiner to confirm to the Research Degrees Examination Board, via the Academic Quality and Policy Office, that the corrections have been made before the degree certificate can be issued. Degree certificates will not be issued unless the Academic Quality and Policy Office has received this confirmation. In examinations where there is no internal examiner, the Independent Chair must ensure that minor corrections are approved by an external examiner or by a University of Bristol academic nominated by the School

If the corrections required are more substantial than those indicated here, the examiners should tick one of the alternative recommendations (e.g. C, degree to be awarded once errors or omissions of substance have been corrected to the satisfaction of the examiner).  Where there are numerous instances of errors that are individually minor but when taken together are deemed by the examiners to form a significant undertaking for the candidate to correct, a recommendation of errors of substance may be made.