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Appointment of Examiners

Appointment of Examiners

When you are in an advanced stage of writing your thesis, (recommended is about 2 months prior to submitting) you will need to apply to the for the appointment of your examiners.  You must do this well in advance of your estimated completion date.  Please complete the Intention to Submit form (available here) and submit it together with a copy of your dissertation summary to the Degree Committee office, following the instructions on the form.  

The summary should be roughly 300 words long, fit onto one side of A4, include the title and your name.  This summary is essentially for advising the Degree Committee on the appointment of appropriate examiners and for potential examiners to assess whether they are suitable to examine your thesis.

The Degree Committee will then set in motion the process of appointment by asking your Head of Department to make nominations; he or she may consult your supervisor at this point.

This is particularly important for students expecting to submit their thesis during the long vacation.  A thesis submitted after the last Degree Committee meeting in Easter term (mid-July) will remain on a shelf in the Degree Committee Office until November if examiners have not been appointed! 

The other reason for applying early for examiners is that the Degree Committee must approve the title of your thesis.  If you write your thesis without getting prior approval for your title, you risk having the Committee refuse to accept your title (which you may have already incorporated into your thesis).