Research degrees staff information

How to appoint examiners

Where remote participation by video link is proposed, requests for IT Services to provide support for a video link may be raised through the service desk, if this is required. The Brief Description field should be titled ‘Video link support for a remote PGR viva required for [enter date of viva if known or period in which it is likely]’. The email addresses of the participants should be included in the Request Details field and, if known, information on the date/time and where the viva will be held. You may wish to ask for advice as part of the request. IT Services can also offer advice on an appropriate platform:  It is normally recommended that BlueJeans video conferencing is used but other platforms may be used as an alternative (see the video conferencing webpage). In all cases, approval must be provided through the Appointment of Research Degree examiners form or the remote participation form before a viva by video link takes place, although contact with IT Services, where this is needed, should precede approval.

Extended appointment of external examiners for research masters

External examiners for research masters (MScR, MPhil or MMus) may be appointed for a three-year period to examine up to a maximum of 15 candidates over those three years. This approach may be adopted where there are cohort-based programmes or where there are many students studying for a research masters within a specific area. The University’s requirements for making this type of extended appointment are in Section 9.3.3 of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.

The Extended appointment of external examiners for research masters (Office document, 29kB) form must be approved by the Faculty PGR Director (or nominee). Examiners appointed for this extended period must also be approved for each individual candidate they will examine on the relevant Appointment of Research Degree Examiners (ARDE) form (as set out above) to ensure that the examiner meets the appointment criteria for each examination, including in relation to having relevant expertise.

The standard external examiner fee will be paid for each individual examination undertaken by an examiner appointed for this extended period.

The Guidance for the examination of MSc by Research students (PDF, 14kB) was developed alongside the regulations on appointing external examiners for research masters.

Request for a non-Turnitin submission of a research degree dissertation for examination

In exceptional circumstances, where there are contractual, security or safety obligations, a research student or a main supervisor may request an exemption from the requirement to submit an electronic copy of a research degree dissertation to Turnitin as part of the examination process (see Section 9.2.3 of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes)

The request must be made in good time before the planned submission date on the Request for a non-Turnitin submission for examination (Office document, 31kB) form.

Expenses forms for external examiners

External examiners should send completed expenses forms to the responsible adminstrator in the candidate's school.

There is no requirement for the Academic Quality and Policy Office to approve these claims.

Fees for research external examiners

Research Masters £130
PhDs and Professional Doctorates
Higher Doctorates

The department the candidate is registered to is responsible for payment of both fees and expenses.

Deferring access to a dissertation

Information on how deferral requests are made and approved is available on the deferred access to dissertations page.

Nominating dissertations for a prize

Every year the Research Degrees Examination Board awards a prize for the best disseration in each Faculty.

Internal and external examiners can nominate suitable dissertations using the Research degree examiners' final report (Office document, 65kB). Nominations are noted at the Research Degrees Examination Board at which the degree is awarded.

Further information is at the Research dissertation prize page.

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