MPhil Degree First Submission Examination Outcomes

Following first submission of the thesis the examiners of research students on MPhil programmes can choose from these specified outcomes.
Award of MPhil Degree - No Amendments Required

The thesis requires no corrections and is acceptable as it stands for the award of the degree.

Award of MPhil Degree Subject to Minor Amendments

Amendments are largely typographical or grammatical and may include corrections to references and/or diagrams and the re-writing of small sections of text.

Where examiners are recommending minor amendments, details of the amendments should be given to the research student at the viva exam and the research student should be given between 1-3 months to complete these from the date of the viva. Please note that where minor amendments are given the Doctoral College Office does not contact the research student and the research student should be advised to submit their revised thesis directly to the internal examiner for review.

Award of MPhil Degree Subject to Major Amendments

Amendments are more substantial and may include substantial re-writing of parts of the thesis.

Please outline the required amendments on the joint report form together with the amendments period (this should be between 3-6 months).

The Doctoral College Office will write to the research student upon receipt of the completed and signed joint report and:

  • include a copy of the joint report including the list of amendments to be undertaken
  • advise the research student of the timescale for completion and submission of the amendments to the internal examiner
  • confirm that the revised thesis should be submitted directly to the internal examiner for review
Referral for Resubmission of the Thesis for the Same Degree

A referral for resubmission should be made where the examining team agree that the research student should undertake further research or repeat completed research and/or re-write or restructure large parts of the thesis.

Where a referral is required please outlined the amendments on the joint report form together with confirmation of the amendments period (this should be between 6-12 months). The Doctoral College Office will write to the research student upon receipt of the completed and signed joint report form and:

  • include a copy of the joint report including the list of amendments to be undertaken
  • advise the research student of the timescale for completion and submission of their revised thesis to the Doctoral College Office

Where a referral for resubmission is required the examining team will need to determine whether a further viva exam is needed. The decision on whether to hold a further viva exam shall be taken once both examiners have had the opportunity to assess the resubmitted thesis. The second viva exam should normally take place within three months of the Graduate School Office issuing the resubmitted thesis.

Fail

It is unusual for a thesis to be failed at this stage without even the of meeting the degree requirements subject to major amendments. Where examiners are considering this they may wish to discuss their decision with us before proceeding.

If this recommendation is made a full report is essential giving reasons for the decision.

Resubmission Outcomes

Examiners are asked to note that the full range of award outcomes are not available where a research student is resubmitting their thesis.

Learn more about available outcomes following resubmission.

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