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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


Examiner nomination

As soon as the candidate tells us they are ready to be examined, we ask the supervisor to nominate possible examiners. At this point the supervisor should establish whether or not you are, in principle, prepared to act as an examiner should you be appointed. It is then the responsibility of the Degree Committee to consider nominations, in consultation with the Department Postgraduate team, and appoint examiners.

For the PhD, MSc and MPhil by thesis, the Degree Committee considers nominations and appoints:

  • one Internal Examiner; this person cannot be the student's supervisor, but is expected to be conversant with the University's regulations for the examination; they organise the oral examination and the submission of forms to the Degree Committee afterwards.
  • one External Examiner, normally from the UK, or sometimes for the EEA, or (rarely) from further afield; this person is asked to set the standard of the candidate's work in the context of the equivalent degree in the UK.
  • very rarely, two Externals may be appointed, but never two Internals.
  • in some circumstances, such as the examination of a revised thesis, the Committee may appoint an independent chair to oversee the oral.



The Degree Committee email examiners directly once their appointment has been approved.

As soon as we receive the thesis we will email you the following information:

  • Guide to Examiners for the Degree
  • Notes providing further advice relevant to this Faculty (PhD or MPhil)
  • A claim form for fee and expenses
  • If the candidate has declared a disability that requires adjustment to the examination process you will receive relevant information
  • If the candidate has requested a confidentiality agreement, this will also be sent requesting signature before the thesis is sent to you

The bound copy of the thesis will be dispatched to you within 2 days; if you do not receive it within 5 working days of the email, please email the Degree Committee Office. With the thesis, you will receive paper copies of:

  • independent pre-oral report coversheet (PhD1, MSc1 or MPhil1)
  • joint post-oral report coversheet (PhD2, MSc2 or MPhil2 sent to Internal only);
  • form for confirmation of corrections having been completed (PhD3, MSc3 or MPhil3);
  • copy of the thesis summary for you to sign if it is a fair summary (PhD & MSc only);
  • your appointment letter with contact details of the other participants.

The examination must be conducted only on the basis of the bound paper thesis you are sent. Candidates must not send examiners any additional material, and examiners may not request any additional material. If you require an electronic copy in addition to the paper thesis please contact the Degree Committee office.

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Office closures

The DC 'remote' Office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 28 August 2020 for the August Bank Holiday. We reopen at 9am on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Meetings schedule

Meetings of the Degree Committee and Degree Ceremonies: