At least three months before submitting your thesis, you will need to fill out an examination entry form and pass it to your supervisor.
Please see our Guide to the thesis examination process for more detailed information.
The examination entry process
You'll need to fill out an examination entry form at least three months before you plan to submit your thesis.
The examination entry form
The form covers all research degrees (except practice-led) including PhD, MD, EdD, DClinPsychol, DBM, DPM, DClinDent, MPhil and the Masterships by Research.
You can download the examination entry form (please use the Word version if you're completing it electronically and the PDF if you're printing and completing by hand).
Completing the entry form
The form includes questions about whether you have been a member of University staff (as in some cases two external examiners might be required), ethical approval and inclusion of any work from solely or jointly authored publications. You will also be asked to confirm your thesis title.
Once you've completed your section of the form, you'll then need to pass it to your supervisor. Your supervisor will approach potential examiners and complete this section of the form. At least one internal examiner and one external examiner will be appointed. In some cases an independent chair may also be required. See the eligibility criteria for the appointment of examiners and independent chairs on our Policies and procedures page to find out more.
You may be asked by your supervisor for views on individuals who might act as examiners but the decision about the recommendations for appointment will be made in consultation between your supervisors and the Postgraduate Research Tutor.
If you started your studies from 1 September 2010, the practice-led research degree examination entry form must be completed a minimum of three months before your first live practice event.
If there is no live practice event you should complete the form three months before your expected thesis submission date. If you started your degree before 1 September 2010 you should complete the standard examination entry form in consultation with your supervisors.