UON will normally appoint two examiners per thesis. Each will be an internationally recognised expert in the candidate’s area of research.
If you are currently a temporary resident of Australia, you will be asked to advise us at the time of your appointment. This will help us ensure you are not in breach of your visa conditions, as well as ensuring that the University is compliant with current immigration legislation.
The University requires examiners to provide their examination report within two months of receipt of the thesis. Each examiner is sent an Examiner’s report form to complete, upon which they may recommend one outcome:
- AWARD (including typographical amendments): The thesis meets the required standards in terms of the nature and quality of work undertaken, and the degree can be awarded without any further work by the candidate, other than the correction of a small number of typographical, or similar, minor errors in the final copy.
- CORRECTIONS REQUIRED: The thesis meets the required standards in terms of the nature and quality of work undertaken, and the degree can be awarded without further examination once the candidate has made a number of corrections and clarifications in the thesis, as specified in the examiner’s reports. The required corrections are more substantive than typographical and other minor errors and may include additional revisions to literature, method, analysis and discussion, revisions to creative works, additional experiments and/or data analysis, which improve but do not change the outcomes of the research. The corrections are to be done to the satisfaction of the university’s Higher Degree Research Committee, and would be normally completed within a period of less than six months.
- REVISE AND RESUBMIT FOR FURTHER EXAMINATION BY THE ORIGINAL EXAMINERS: The thesis does not currently meet the standard required for the award of the degree, but with further work it is believed that the required standard may be achieved. The required amendments, as specified in the attached report, are substantive and may include new experiments or data collection, additional analyses, revision of the scientific method or any essential work that may alter the conclusions drawn in the thesis. The candidate is required to re-enrol for up to 12 months and carry out this further work. The thesis will then be resubmitted for re-examination. “Revise and Resubmit” can only be recommended once for a given thesis.
- FAIL: The thesis be classified as failed, without right to resubmit the thesis, on the basis that a significant amount of additional research work and/or major, substantive revision will not raise the thesis to an acceptable standard.
In addition to a completed Examiner report form, you are asked to return a detailed examiner’s report as a separate typed document. This will provide an independent critical appraisal of the thesis and to identify, as appropriate, its strengths and weaknesses in relation to the stated thesis objectives.
Examiners undertake to maintain confidentiality with regard to the content of the thesis and of their report until such time as the University has made a determination on the award. Examiners also agree to not contact the supervisors or the candidate during the examination period.