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 workflow in GRAD
There are key dates and events to keep in mind while supporting PGRs through the thesis submission process both in the lead up to submission and while submitting the thesis.
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)
Each examiner should read the thesis carefully and independently of the other examiner(s), bearing in mind the criteria for the award of the degree. Before the oral examination, each examiner must prepare a preliminary report. This report must contain brief, preliminary thoughts but must not contain any recommendation relating to the award (or not) of the degree. Each examiner must also complete an independent preliminary report form in the case of a resubmission following referral.
Examiners' joint report after the viva
After the oral examination, the joint examiners’ report should be completed, signed and countersigned by the Director of PGR Studies then returned to the Doctoral College Operations (DCO) team.
The outcome of the viva (oral examination)
The examiners' recommendation will normally be given informally to the PGR (and the supervisor if attending) immediately after the viva (but no more than 24 hours afterwards).
After successful oral examination
After the viva, the PGR must make any necessary corrections to their thesis to the satisfaction of their internal examiner before submitting the final thesis to the University. Please see our Guide to the thesis examination process for more detailed information.