Outcome

Outcome

Your examiners may provide you with a verbal indication of the outcome at the end of the oral examination, however, you will only be notified of the official outcome once the Dean’s approval of the Preliminary and Joint Reports has been obtained. 

A variety of outcomes are available to the examiners of a PhD including:

  • The immediate award of a PhD;
  • The award of a PhD subject to completion of minor corrections or minor revisions within a specified period, to the satisfaction of the internal examiner;
  • Resubmission within a specified period for either an oral or written examination, as specified by the examiners;
  • Resubmission within a specified period either with or without an oral examination;
  • The immediate award of an MPhil instead of a PhD;
  • The award of an MPhil subject to completion of minor corrections or minor revisions within a specified period, to the satisfaction of the internal examiner;
  • The resubmission for an appropriate Masters Degree within 12 months, including an oral re-examination, if required by the examiners;
  • The recommendation that no degree be awarded and the student be adjudged to have failed.

Please refer to Section I of the ' Doctor of Philosophy Examination Conventions for the full range and exact wording of the recommendations open to examiners following a PhD oral examination.

The outcomes available to MPhil examiners can be found in the Section XIV sub-section F of the 'Master of Philosophy Examination Conventions 2018-19'.

Following approval of the outcome by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, you will be sent a copy of the Joint Report and, where appropriate, details of the revisions required and confirmation of your resubmission deadline.  Your resubmission deadline will be calculated from the date that you receive formal notification of the examination outcome.