Examiners and chairs

The Research Degrees Handbook gives you all the processes and procedures regarding research degrees at the University of Plymouth. Our academic rules and regulations are available on the University's Student regulations, policies and procedures page; including those on the roles of examiners and viva voce examinations.

If you are a Chairperson, please look at our Guidelines for Chairs document. Examiners should look at our Notes of guidance for PGR examiners and also The Frameworks for HE Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies. An extract from this document, which must be complied with by examiners when examining research degrees, can be found in the document section below.

You'll find the Research Degree Candidate (RDC) forms to be completed before and after the viva voce examination belowExternal examiners - you can also download a contract for appointment which you'll need to sign and return to the Doctoral College. If you want to claim for expenses or give feedback, you can find the relevant documents on this page.

Travel and subsistence policy for external examiners (effective June 2017)

Please can we draw your attention to the following:

  • Claims for payment of expenses must be submitted within one month of being incurred.
  • Removal of the option under rail travel to travel first class, except where there is a business requirement to work. Requests for first class rail travel in exceptional circumstances must be approved in advance by the Doctoral College.
  • The daily subsistence rate is up to £40 and covers breakfast, lunch and evening meal.
  • The cost of alcohol cannot be claimed as part of the cost of a meal.

View the full policy (login required).

Need further assistance?

Please contact the Doctoral College at doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk - we're happy to help.