Fees and Expenses

The University pays external examiners £175 to examine/re-examine a PhD/MD thesis and £120 to examine/re-examine a professional doctorate degree thesis.

In addition the University pays reasonable out of pocket expenses and travelling expenses up the value of first class rail fare.

One night’s accommodation can be paid where the distance travelled requires this and travel to the viva by car is reimbursed at the rate of 45p per mile for the first 80 miles and 31p per mile thereafter.

The Doctoral College Office will pay a total of £250.00 expenses (this is in addition to the fee). Where total expenses exceed £250.00 the balance will be passed to the candidate's department for payment.

Claiming Fees and Expenses

External examiners should claim fees and expenses on the claims form sent out with the candidate’s thesis.

The form requires a National Insurance number and this is needed together with confirmation of the examiner's gender which can be confirmed by ticking the relevant box (it is not always possible to tell from the titles of Dr or Professor).

The claims form and all receipts should be left with the internal examiner at the exam, or sent by post to:

Doctoral College Office
University of Leicester
University Road
Eligibility to Work in the UK

It is a condition of UK immigration law that the University verifies and retains appropriate documentary evidence of the right to work in the UK of anyone that is appointed to undertake work for the University. This includes external examiners and applies to examiners of all nationalities.

Unfortunately the University is unable to pay the examination fee where eligibility documentation is not provided.

Learn more about verification of your right to work in the UK.

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