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The examination process: auditing your work before submitting it for examination

Video, 9.41 minutes.

Developed by Presenter Prof Gina Wisker  (Brighton University, UK). Thanks to Dr Henriëtte van den Berg who commissioned the video and developed supporting documents, and to Mr Brian Munro for the video recording and editing.

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Postgraduate students and supervisors may find this video helpful.


Use the questions provided on the following blog to evaluate the different sections of your dissertation/thesis.  Assess every aspect of your work as you write the different chapters. Discuss your evaluation with your supervisor during supervision sessions. Repeat the evaluation once you have your complete draft ready for examination.

Link to 40 questions:

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Articles and books:

  • Carter, S. (2008). Examining the doctoral thesis: A discussion. Innovations Education and Teaching International 45(4), 367-374.
  • Golding,C., Sharmini,S., & Lazarovitch, A. (2014 ) What examiners do: What thesis students should know.  Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2014 Vol. 39, No. 5, 563–576,
  • Mullins, G. & Kiley, M. (2002). ‘It’s a PhD, not a Nobel Prize’: How experienced examiners assess research theses. Studies in Higher Education, 27: 369-386
  • Trafford, V. and Leshem, C. (2002). Starting at the end to undertake doctoral research: Predictable questions as stepping stones. Higher Education Review, 34(4), 43-61.
  • Trafford,V &  Leshem,S.  (2008). Stepping Stones to Achieving Your Doctorate: Focusing on Your Viva from the start. Maidenhead: Open University Press.  See  Appendix 10.2 Audit instrument.