Pre-Viva Examination Assessment and Report

Research degree examinations consists of two distinct parts:

  • an independent pre-viva assessment and report
  • a joint viva assessment
Pre-Viva Report

The initial independent pre-viva assessment of the candidate’s thesis should:

  • consider whether the candidate has demonstrated a broad knowledge and understanding of their discipline and its associated research techniques
  • assess whether the candidate has applied the techniques, as appropriate, to their thesis
  • summarise the main argument of the thesis
  • comment on its strengths and weaknesses
  • highlight any particular issues that the examiners would like to draw out in the oral exam.

Where the candidate's submission involves the practical element of a practice-based degree the pre-viva report should consider both elements of the submission - the thesis and the practical element.

Please note that a pre-viva report is not needed where a resubmitted thesis is being assessed.

The pre-viva report must not be shared with the other examiner until both reports have been submitted to the Doctoral College Office or until the day of the examination. Pre-viva reports are independent assessments, but may be shared with the other examiner on the day of the examination as they may be useful for planning the viva questions and writing the joint-report which may include corrections or observations documented in the pre-viva report.

If examiners have any particular concerns or queries that they would like to raise about the material submitted before the oral exam takes place then they should contact the Doctoral College Office directly - please email

Returning the Pre-Viva Report

The pre-viva report should be completed, signed and returned to the Doctoral College Office by email to at least one working day before the viva takes place.

Alternatively it can be posted to:

Doctoral College Office
University of Leicester
University Road


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