Research student assessment
Examination process overview
A summary of the main steps and timescales for the submission and examination of theses to help you know what to expect.
Appointing examiners for research degrees
It is the supervisor's responsibility to recommend both internal and external examiners who meet the eligibility criteria using the examination entry form
There are key dates and events to keep in mind while supporting research degree candidates through the thesis submission process both in the lead up to submission and while submitting the thesis.
The oral examination (viva)
Although the supervisor is not always present at the oral examination, there is still plenty to be done to support research degree candidates through this part of the process, before, during and after the viva itself.
Instructions to examiners
All examiners will receive instructions which detail the University of Leeds examination process and cover their responsibilities and duties of prior to, during and following the viva.
Examiner's preliminary report form (before the viva)
Before the oral examination, each examiner must prepare a preliminary report and bring this to the examination.
Examiners' joint report after the viva
After the oral examination, the joint examiners report should be correctly completed, signed and countersigned then returned to the Postgraduate Research and Operations team.
The outcome of the viva (oral examination)
The examiners' recommendation will normally be given informally to the candidate (and the supervisor if attending) immediately after the viva (but no more than 24 hours afterwards).
After successful oral examination
After the viva, the student must make any necessary corrections to their thesis to the satisfaction of their internal examiner before submitting the final thesis to the University.