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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


The length and style of the oral will vary according to the thesis and the area of the research. There is no set protocol for one examiner taking the lead. The examiners should discuss their approach immediately prior to the oral.

If you have been told an independent chair has been appointed for the examination, you should also meet with him or her briefly before the oral.

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In the oral, you should make time for the following:

  • encourage the candidate to defend their thesis and talk about their research in more general terms;
  • explore the candidate's knowledge of their subject and the wider field of scholarship in which it falls;
  • clarify any unclear parts of the work or the writing, for example where the candidate's own contribution is not completely clear from the text or if you suspect poor scholarship;
  • allow the candidate to raise any points (s)he feels have not been covered or could usefully be discussed further. 





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Meetings schedule

Meetings of the Degree Committee and Degree Ceremonies: