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Reflections on variations in PhD viva regulations: “And the options are….”,.

van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, B., Regmi, P., Simkhada, P., Hundley, V. and Poudel, K. C., 2022. Reflections on variations in PhD viva regulations: “And the options are….”,. Journal of Education and Research, 12 (2), 61-74.

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DOI: 10.51474/jer.v12i2.624


Getting a PhD is the highest possible education qualification which only a small proportion of all students,. As a consequence, examining PhD research in the form of a doctoral thesis is specialist work. This paper highlights the different options that are available for PhD examiners. There are four general options: (1) pass, (2) rewrite and resubmit; (3) lower degree, with or without resubmission; and (4) fail the PhD. However, from our experience, of both being examined for our own PhDs and examining others at a range of different universities, we have noted a considerable variety in detail within these common options. This paper outlines a variety of outcomes of a PhD examination, followed by four short case studies, each reflecting on a particular aspect /differences we experienced as examinees or as examiners. This paper further aims to alert PhD candidates and examiners to study the examination rules set by the awarding university, as the details of the PhD examination outcome, and hence the options available to both examiners and the students, may differ more than one might expect.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:viva; PhD; thesis; examination; outcomes; universities
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:37508
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:20 Sep 2022 11:10
Last Modified:13 Jan 2023 13:30


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