Examining a doctoral thesis

Title:Examining a doctoral thesis

Duration:0.5 days
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by Research & Graduate Services

The Graduate School courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience 

his workshop is for academic staff undertaking or expecting to undertake the role of internal or external examiner of a doctoral thesis for the first time. The workshop is also suitable for supervisors whose prior experience is of a different doctoral examination model (such as the Australian or European system). It considers the purposes of the viva voce examination used for UK and Nottingham doctorates and will help supervisors identify how they can best prepare their students for this examination.


Interactive workshop including presentations, discussions, networking and case studies.


During this course you will:

·        consider and discuss the requirements of a University of Nottingham/UK doctoral qualification

·        explore the thesis examination process and, in particular, clarify:

1.    the different purpose(s) of a viva

2.    the roles and responsibilities of the internal and external examiners

3.    the University of Nottingham doctoral examination process, documentation and regulations

·        reflect on how supervisors can support their students during the latter stages of their research and in preparation for the viva


Related Courses


If you are an early career academic gaining experience of PhD supervision and examination you may also find the course Contemporary Issues in Supervising Research Students useful.




To develop your understanding of the process of examination of a doctoral thesis by viva voce


Learning Outcomes


By the end of the course you will:


·        understand the requirements of a University of Nottingham/UK doctoral qualification

·        understand the thesis examination process

·        be aware of how to support students through the final stages of the doctoral process

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Graduate School short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you
MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course or if at short notice by emailing
pg-training@nottingham.ac.uk). This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

     It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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University Park
20 February 2019
20/02/2019 00:00:00
20 February 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Victoria Sedman
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