Research degree assessment
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”).
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. Find out how it is arranged and what to expect during your viva.
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 have these approved by your internal examiner before submitting the final version.
Submitting your final Ethesis
It is common practice both in the UK and internationally to deposit your thesis in an open access repository, making it available to a wide audience.
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.