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Graduate School

Part 1: Appointment of Examiners

When you are about three months away from submitting your thesis for examination, your supervisory team should consider potential examiners for your thesis. Your supervisory team will check with you as to whether there are any circumstances which might render a potential examiner in appropriate in a particular case. You do not, however, have a right of veto over the nomination of examiners.

One external and one internal examiner will be appointed and their function is to make a recommendation on your thesis in accordance with University Core Regulations for Research Degrees by thesis or composition. If you are a member of staff, or where appropriate examining expertise cannot be found within the University, two external examiners will be appointed along with an Independent Chair.

The external examiner appointment form (below) is normally completed by your supervisor and approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies. It should be submitted to the Academic Support Office before the submission of your thesis.

Once the nomination form has been submitted, you should complete and consult the following: