Research degree examiners should refer to the academic regulations for research degree provision for information about the examination process.
Additional information is available in the research student handbook and in some of the other materials available on that page.
Please also refer to our guidelines on claiming expenses. There are limits for the amounts that can be claimed.
Train travel tickets should be bought in advance wherever possible to obtain significantly lower fares. Given the nature of viva voce examinations, we recommend external examiners travelling to the university purchase an advance fare that permits the journey date or time to be amended should this become necessary.
While we do our best to not reschedule an agreed viva, occasionally, due to circumstances beyond our control, an agreed viva has to be rearranged. If the date is changed by someone other than the external examiner, we will cover the cost of amending travel plans as part of the examiner expenses. Please ensure that you retain any tickets or receipts to accompany your claim.
For external examiners appointed on or after 1 October 2012, the examination fee is £150 for doctoral theses and £100 for master's theses. Please refer to your letter of appointment for information.
Electronic copies of our external examiner fee claim form and our expenses claim form are available to download.
Please make sure that you read the guidance notes on making a claim for external examiners before completing and submitting your forms.
If you require an electronic copy of a preliminary report form, please contact us, stating the name of the student you are examining.