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Examination and Thesis

 

*Note Alternative COVID 19 Arrangements detailed in each section below

 

Detailed information about exam arrangements, the thesis and the viva can be found in the Research Degrees Framework and all forms can be accessed online.

 

Examination arrangements

 

The Director of Studies should make an application for approval of examination arrangements at least three months before the student is expected to submit the thesis. The application must include:

 

A checklist is available to help with completing the application.

 

For more detailed information about arranging the viva, see section 7 of the Research Degrees Framework.

 

The thesis

 

All research students must submit a thesis for examination as soon as possible after the end of the standard period of registration.

 
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What to submit for examination

 
 

Where to submit for examination

 

Students must submit hard copies of the thesis to:

 

Research Degrees Team
Research and Innovation Office
H18 Merchiston Campus
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh EH10 5DT

 

For more detailed information about the thesis, see section 6 of the Research Degrees Framework.

 

*Alternative COVID 19 Arrangements: All theses and paperwork (eg RD15, CPD portfolio) for examination should be submitted in pdf format to researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk. Soft-bound copies of the thesis should not be submitted until further notice.

 

The viva

 

*Alternative COVID 19 Arrangements: Vivas may be held remotely, following application and formal approval. Full advice on holding vivas at this time is attached. The application form is attached.

 

A viva voce (oral) examination is compulsory for students registered for MPhil, PhD or DBA.

 

Students registered for MRes may be examined on the basis of the thesis alone, although the examiners may decide that a viva should be held.

 

For more detailed information about assessment, see section 7 of the Research Degrees Framework.

 

Post viva

 

Formal notification of the outcome of assessment will be provided in writing to the student. This will include full details of any amendments required by examiners and information about resubmission of the thesis.

 

For more detailed information about post-viva amendments, see section 7 of the Research Degrees Framework.

 

*Alternative COVID 19 Arrangements: All amended theses should now be submitted in pdf format to researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk. Irrespective of what was requested by examiners we can neither expect nor deal with soft-bound copies until further notice. The Research Degrees team will explain this, where necessary, to examiners.

 

Approval of award and final thesis submission

 

The final recommendation of award made by a team of examiners must be considered and formally approved by the University’s Research Degrees Committee (RDC).

 

A research student whose recommendation of award has been approved by RDC is eligible to graduate at the next ceremony for the conferment of awards, providing they:

 
  • apply to graduate
  • submit the final copies of the thesis before the graduation ceremony
  • have no outstanding fees to pay
 

Submission of the final approved version of the thesis

 

The final version of the thesis should be submitted after the examiners’ recommendation of award has been approved by the Research Degrees Committee (RDC) and before graduation. Items to be submitted are:

 
 

The bound copy, and the thesis submission form, should be submitted to:

 

Research Degrees Team
Research and Innovation Office
H18 Merchiston Campus
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh EH10 5DT

 

The electronic copy should be sent to researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk

 

For more detailed information about the final version of the thesis, see sections 6 and 8 of the Research Degrees Framework.

 

*Alternative COVID 19 Arrangements: We do still expect graduating students to submit a hard-bound copy of the approved version of the thesis, for the library, in due course. Clearly, in the current circumstances, we can’t expect them to be submitted before graduation. Before graduation, the pdf copy should be submitted to researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk (A Word copy of form RD20 should also be attached.)

 

Further help

 

Further help and guidance is available from researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk

 
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