PhD/MPhil Exam Process

If you are getting ready to submit your thesis, you have reached the PhD/MPhil exam process. Here is an overview of what happens now.

  • It is recommended that you submit your PhD/MPhil exam entry form two months before submission
  • The details of the examiners nominated by your supervisor are sent to the Director of Postgraduate Education for approval
  • Your approved examiners are invited to examine your thesis
  • Thesis submission - due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the requirement to submit hard copies of your thesis has been waived.  An electronic copy should be emailed to the Doctoral School
  • If your examiners have accepted the invitation to examine, your thesis will be dispatched to them within 3-5 working days
  • Your supervisor should arrange the viva to take place within three months
  • The viva examination takes place
  • The Doctoral School confirms the outcome of the viva to you by email




Exam Entry


Thesis Submission


Viva Examination



Viva outcome


3 month corrections or 9 month amendments


Resubmission within 12 / 18 months


Final thesis submission


Award process


Degree certificate and graduation



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Overview of the PhD/MPhil exam process

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