Oral Examination

Oral Examination

Once your thesis has been forwarded to the examiners the examination process will progress as follows:

  • Your supervisors will be contacted and asked to consult with both you and your examiners to arrange a date for your oral examination.  You can usually expect the examination to take place within 3 months of the examiners receiving your thesis;
  • The examiners will each prepare and submit an independent Preliminary Report.  These should be received by the Research Student Support Team (RSST) or the Medical Sciences Graduate School (MSGS) at least two weeks before the date of the oral examination and they will be forwarded to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies for approval prior to the examination taking place;
  • You should attend your oral examination at the date, time and location specified by your supervisor.  Should you have questions about the format of the examination, please contact your supervisors for advice;
  • Following the examination, the examiners will complete a ‘Joint Report Form’ specifying the outcome.  Where corrections are required, examiners are asked to prepare a detailed list.  Examiners are requested to complete and submit the Joint Report within 2 weeks of the oral examination;
  • RSST or MSGS, as appropriate, will forward the Joint Report, together with any corrections and both Preliminary Reports, to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies for approval.

Please note: At no point during the examination process should you make direct contact with the examiners