Research degree examinations

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The Research Degrees unit within the Graduate School oversees all aspects of MPhil and PhD examinations.

Our Guideline documents set out the Research Degree Examination process in detail. Candidates should read the relevant Guidelines prior to registering for the Examination. Supervisors, who are responsible for the appointment of Examiners and for supporting Candidates throughout the examination should also read these Guidelines. Links to all our forms are also included below.

We are here to offer guidance and support to Candidates, Supervisors, Examiners, and Academic Departments at any stage of the process; so please do get in touch via email: research-degrees (

Covid-19 interim adjustments

Due to the current restrictions relating to travel and face-to-face contact, the following interim measures have been introduced:

  • Candidates are asked to submit in digital format only (no soft-bound copies required, unless this is requested by Examiners)
  • Viva voce examination may be held via video conference, provided all parties have regard for GG1b - Good Practice Guidelines for Video-conference Viva Voce Examinations (COVID-19)
  • Candidates are asked to deposit their final theses in digital format only (no hard-bound copies required

The Graduate School can confirm that these arrangements will continue to apply until the end of the Academic Year (24 September 2021).

Candidate Guidance

Candidate forms

Examiner Forms

Examiner Guidance