Video streaming for a final research degree oral examination (research students)

In exceptional circumstances the Examinations Group may give consideration to the use of video streaming technology for the oral examination.

The latest policy was introduced in March 2020 in response to the Coronavirus situation, to enable the University to continue to support PGRs through the transfer and final thesis examination process. 

Also provided is a hints, tips and good practice document, which has been collated from feedback from internal examiners, independent chairs and PGRs who have completed an all-video-streaming viva since March 2020. This document has been put together by Doctoral College Operations with thanks to the Examiners, Independent Chairs and PGRs who have fed back on their experiences so far. All feedback would be very much appreciated to allow us to respond to issues and review and improve our guidance This can be sent to Doctoral College Operations (

Policy on video streaming for a research degree final oral examination

Hints, tips and good practice for video-streaming transfer and final examination