Research staff information

The Academic Quality and Policy Office are responsible for organising external examiners for all taught courses and programmes.

How to appoint an external examiner

  • External examiners for research students are appointed individually. Supervisors must complete the Appointment of Research Degree Examiners form (Office document, 82kB) form 4 weeks before the candidate is due to submit.
  • Supervisors should contact the proposed examiners to ensure they are willing to examine the thesis.
  • Examiners are approved by the Head of Department, and by the Graduate Dean, on behalf of Faculty.
  • Once approved, the Exams Office send:
    • a Letter of Appointment
    • an expenses claim form
    • the work to be examined

Expenses forms

  1. External examiners should send completed expenses forms to the student's department.
  2. Once the department has authorised the expenses, they will send the form to the Finance Office.

There is no requirement for the Exams Office to approve these claims.

Fees for research external examiners

Research Masters £120
PhDs and Professional Doctorates
Higher Doctorates

The fees for external examiners are set by University Planning and Resources Committee (UPARC).

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

Deferring access to a dissertation

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, 58kB). 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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