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Viva Voce Examinations

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a temporary policy is in place to allow viva voce examinations to happen via a multi-way video-link. For further information please visit the Doctoral College's Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

The Handbook for Examination of Postgraduate Research programmes sets out the regulations which must be followed when your work is examined and also the recommendations of award which may be made. This should be read alongside the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Virtual Viva Policy.

Your Internal Examiner will be responsible for arranging the viva voce examination which should normally be held within three months of the date that you submitted your thesis. If you have not been contacted by your Internal Examiner within one month of submission you should contact your College.

Vivas are attended by the candidate, the board of examiners and, if appointed, a non-examining Independent Chair. You may invite one of your Supervisors to attend. They will be present as an observer only and may not take any active part in the proceedings except after the board of examiners has announced their recommendations when they may consult with the examiners to ensure that you both have a clear understanding of any amendments to be undertaken.