Criteria for external examiners

The external examiner, nominated in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes, will be substantially independent of the campus and of the co-operating off-campus organisation, if any, and shall not have acted as the candidate's internal or off-campus supervisor. 

The external examiner must be:

  • a)  An Academic or recognised expert from outside Academia.
  • b)  Currently active in research.
  • c)  Have recognised expertise in the general area of the thesis or cognate area.
  • d)  Have a qualification at least to the level of the award being sought by the postgraduate student or higher.
  • e)  Have experience of successfully supervising postgraduate students to awards of the level of the award being sought, or higher
  • f)  Have experience as a postgraduate research examiner, at the appropriate level, for a recognised university or institution.


Through a process of informal contact, the Supervisor(s) should ascertain the willingness of the nominee to act in this capacity, as well as their availability to conduct the examination of the thesis/transfer report.

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