Postgraduate Office The Phd oral Examination

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Postgraduate Office

The PhD Oral Examination

Date last modified: August 2013

What is the PhD oral examination?

The oral examination is an integral part and culmination of the PhD process at the University of Canterbury. The oral examination has two main purposes:

  • It is a formal examination at the end of which a recommendation is made to the Dean of Postgraduate Research (DPGR) as to whether the PhD should be awarded or not. This recommendation includes details of any amendments that are required to be made before the final version of the thesis can be submitted and the degree conferred. The oral examination comes after the examination of the written thesis and allows the examiners to probe further the research reported in the written thesis.

  • It is an opportunity for discussion of the candidate’s research, its applications and further directions in a constructive and supportive manner.

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