Within each thesis submitted for examination, you must include a completed and signed UPR16 Ethics Form. Please see further guidance in the Student Handbook regarding the details for this.

Once the examiners are approved by the Faculty Research Degree Committee and you have submitted your thesis, the Research Section will send out the thesis to the appointed examiners in order for them to begin their examination.

The First Supervisor will need to confirm the arrangements have been made for a viva voce examination and notify the Research Section by completing the arrangements for viva voce - UPR5(A) Form

The viva

The recommendations open to the Examiners following the viva voce are:

  • That the degree is awarded;
  • That the degree is awarded subject to minor amendments;
  • That the degree is not awarded now but the candidate will be allowed to submit a revised thesis and be re-examined with or without a further viva voce;
  • That the degree is not awarded;
  • In the case of a candidate who submitted for a PhD they may be awarded an MPhil subject to appropriate amendments to the thesis

Confidential thesis

When a thesis is to be confidential the UPR15 Form - Request for Confidential Thesis needs to be completed and submitted to the Research Section as early as possible (ideally prior to submission of the thesis for examination).

Final thesis

Once the examination process is complete and the Research Section has formally informed you of the examiners recommendation for an award, you will be asked to submit a final thesis electronically. Along with the submission of the final thesis, you must complete and submit the EThOS Deposit form. Only on receipt of these will you be eligible to attend graduation and receive your parchment .


If you are hoping to attend graduation in July, your final thesis (as detailed above) must be submitted to the Student Administration Section, by 31 May. For any final thesis submitted after this date, the award confirmation and parchments will be confirmed and produced as soon as possible and you will be eligible to attend graduation the following year.

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