November 29, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Examining a Doctorate

A workshop on examining a doctoral thesis

This workshop, held on Wednesday 20 November 2019, was organised 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 was also aimed at supervisors whose prior experience is of different doctoral examination model.

Delivered by Professor Festo Massawe who has an extensive experience in examining doctoral theses, the workshop considered and discussed the requirements of a University of Nottingham and UK doctoral qualification.

Thesis examination process

The interactive workshop explored a range of topics and, in particular, clarified the different purpose(s) of a viva; the roles and responsibilities of the internal and external examiners; and the University of Nottingham doctoral examination process, documentation and regulations. It also provided an opportunity for supervisors to reflect on how they can best 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.

These courses will be offered again so stay tuned for the dates!

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