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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
Part II - Guidance to Academic Departments and Supervisors on Research Degree Examinations
Part III - Guidance to Examiners and Examination Advisors on the Conduct of Research Degree Examinations
1. Timing of Submission   1. Responsibilities of Supervisors   1. Appointment of Examiners and Role of the Examination Advisor
2. Appointment of Examiners and Examination Advisor   2. Criteria for the Appointment of Research Degree Examiners   2. General Procedure for the Examination
3. University Requirements for the Award of Research Degrees   3. Appointment of the Examination Advisor   3. Requirements for Each Degree
4. Presentation of Thesis   4. Responsibilities of Departments   4. The Independent Reports
5. Binding and Submission to the Doctoral College   5. Approval of Examiners and Dispatch of the Thesis   5. Recommendations available to Examiners
6. Conditions of Acceptance by the Library (Including Restriction of Access)   6. Approval of the Examiners’ Recommendation   6. The Oral Examination (or Viva Voce Examination)
7. What Happens After Submission?   7. Resubmission   7. The Joint Report and Submission of Examiners’ Reports
8. Award of Your Degree   8. Correspondence between the Doctoral College and the Department   8. Guidance for Revising the Thesis
APPENDIX A: Model Title Page pdf_ic.png
      9. Confidentiality of Reports
APPENDIX B: Guide to Hard-Binding your Thesis pdf_ic.png       10. Examination of a Resubmitted Thesis
APPENDIX : Summer Graduation Deadline - Pass List       APPENDIX C: Role of Examination Advisor for Research Degree Examinations: Notes of Guidance pdf_ic.png

See also the FAQs


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