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Guide to examinations for higher degrees by research

Please note that we have amended some of our processes to enable us to administer the examination process while working remotely to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for further information

This guide is intended for candidates and examiners, examination advisors, chairs of department, directors of graduate study and supervisors. It sets out the expectations of the University with regard to the examination of research degrees and the procedures to be followed in the conduct of research degree examinations.

The guide is divided into three parts: Although students, staff and examiners will find the most important information relating to their roles and responsibilities in the part addressed directly to them, cross-referencing has been used to help users of the guide find relevant information as easily as possible.


Part I - Guidance to Students on Submission and Examination of the Thesis
  1. Timing of Submission
  2. Appointment of Examiners and Examination Advisor
  3. University Requirements for the Award of Research Degrees
  4. Presentation of Thesis
  5. Binding and Submission to the Doctoral College
  6. Conditions of Acceptance by the Library (Including Restriction of Access)
  7. What Happens After Submission?
  8. Award of Your Degree
  9. Additional Inforamtion & Resources
  10. FAQs

Part II - Guidance to Academic Departments and Supervisors on Research Degree Examinations
  1. Responsibilities of Supervisors
  2. Criteria for the Appointment of Research Degree Examiners
  3. Appointment of the Examination Advisor
  4. Responsibilities of Departments
  5. Approval of Examiners and Dispatch of the Thesis
  6. Approval of the Examiners' Recommendation

  7. Resubmission
  8. Correspondence between the Doctoral College and the Department

Part III - Guidance to Examiners and Examination Advisors on the Conduct of Research Degree Examinations
  1. Appointment of Examiners and Role of the Examination Advisor
  2. General Procedure for the Examination
  3. Requirements for Each Degree
  4. The Independent Reports
  5. Recommendations available to Examiners
  6. The Oral Examination (or Viva Voce Examination)
  7. The Joint Report and Submission of Examiners’ Reports
  8. Guidance for Revising the Thesis
  9. Confidentiality of Reports
  10. Examination of a Resubmitted Thesis
  11. Additional Information & Resources

Further advice on all aspects of the University’s procedures and regulations relating to research degree examinations may be obtained from the Doctoral College, University House. Enquiries should be directed to the Doctoral College in the first instance (tel.: 024 765 75533), internal extension 75533, email doctoralcollege at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Note: Where a University officer is named in the Regulation, this refers to the member of staff concerned or his/her authorised nominee/deputy.


Guide to Examination of Higher Degrees by Research 9/92

Revised 9/93, 9/94, 9/95, 9/96, 6/99, 11/99, 07/01, 05/02, 12/05, 2/08, 01/09, 10/09, 08/11, 06/12, 09/12, 07/13, 01/14, 06/14, 07/14, 11/15, 06/16, 03/17, 07/17

Approved by BGS (CA) 20 July 2017