Guidance on the Conduct of the MPhil/PhD Exam
Audio recording of viva/Independent Chair: The Research Degree Regulations stipulate that an audio recording must be made of the viva or an Independent Chair must be present at the viva. In your invitation letter, you will be informed whether your candidate will be examined under this new process. If they are, you will also be informed of the method chosen.
Examiners' Guide to the Audio Recording of Vivas
Dictaphone Instructions for the Recording of Vivas
Guidance on the Appointment and Role of the Independent Chair
Amendments to Address Errors of Substance or Omission within 9 months (First submission): There is an additional outcome option available for first submissions i.e. that the candidate has a Pass subject to the satisfactory completion of Amendments to Address Errors of Substance or Omission within 9 months. On the decision report form which is sent to you with the thesis, it will be indicated whether this option is available to your particular candidate.
The report forms should be completed and signed by both examiners and returned to Student Administration within 2 weeks of the viva.
If you are examining a resubmitted thesis where a second viva is not required, it is recommended that you should aim to reach a decision with your co-examiner and return your forms within 3 months of receving the resubmitted thesis.