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Nomination of examiners and examination entry

Before submitting your thesis, you and your supervisor must nominate examiners to read the thesis and conduct the viva voce examination. There are two examiners, one who is external to the University of London and one who is internal to the University of London. The examiners must not have personal or professional connections with you or your supervisor. 

Candidates should pay particular attention to the declaration on pages 2-3 of the examination entry form. By signing this declaration and entering the examination, you authorise the College to make your thesis publically available in the College Library and the open-access institutional e-repository, Queen Mary Research Online (QMRO), according to the conditions set out in the declaration. Please refer to the Library’s guidance on publishing e-theses Link outside ARCS for more details about the inclusion of your thesis in QMRO and the implications of this (for example about how it may affect future publication). You may indicate on the examination entry form that you wish to apply for restriction of access to your thesis.

Your supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies must countersign your examination entry form before forwarding it to the Research Degrees Office. It will then be considered on behalf of the Academic Board by the Research Degrees Programmes and Examinations Board. The board meets monthly to consider paperwork received in the preceding month, according to the schedule in the table below. The Research Degrees Office will contact your supervisor with the Board’s decision after the meeting.


Paperwork DeadlineRDPEB Meeting
8th July 201620th July 2016
5th August 201617th August 2016
9th September 201621st September 2016
7th October 201619th October 2016
4th November 201616th November 2016
1st December 201614th December 2016
6th January 201718th January 2017
3rd February 201715th February 2017
3rd March 201715th March 2017
7th April 201719th April 2017
5th May 201717th May 2017
9th June 201721st June 2017
7th July 201719th July 2017
4th August 201716th August 2017
Please note that these dates are subject to change


If the Board does not approve your examiners, your supervisor will nominate an additional or alternative examiner, depending on the Board’s requirements. Your supervisor should submit the additional/alternative examiner nomination form to the Research Degrees Office as soon as possible.

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