As you approach the end of your research degree, you'll need to make sure you understand the University’s arrangements for the examination of your thesis and the steps and timescales involved in the thesis submission and examination process.
From entering for your examinations through to submitting your thesis, taking the oral examination and waiting for the recommendation, find out more about the assessment process that your thesis will go through.
The transfer assessment is intended to identify whether you and your project have the potential for research at doctoral level and whether completing the thesis within the standard period of study is a reasonable expectation.
Examination process overview
When you're approaching the end of your research degree, there are a few administrative steps you'll need to take to initiate the submission and examination process.
At least three months before you plan to submit your thesis for examination, you must enter for examination by completing the Examination entry workflow in GRAD (sometimes called the examination entry form or Pink form).
Submitting your thesis
When you are preparing to submit your thesis for examination, take some time to familiarise yourself with the deadlines involved as well as the required format for submission.
The viva (oral examination)
The oral examination is a vital part of the assessment process, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of your research degree subject.
The outcome of the viva (oral examination)
The outcome of the oral examination should normally be given informally to you immediately, but by no later than 24 hours after the viva.
After your viva (oral examination)
After your viva, you may be required to make any necessary corrections to your thesis and get it approved by your internal examiner before submitting the final version.
Submitting your final Ethesis
We've worked with other universities in Yorkshire to create White Rose Etheses Online, an open access repository to store digital copies of successful doctoral theses.
Referral and resubmission for research degrees
If the examiners recommend that your thesis is referred for resubmission, then you'll be required to revise the thesis which may include further research and then resubmit it for re-examination.