University Of Bristol Thesis Guidelines
There are a number of steps which need to be taken some time before your submission so your examiners are in place to review your work ahead of a well-timed examination.
It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the University’s regulations and code of practice for research degrees as you go, but especially in the year before you intend to submit.
Your viva date, time and location will be arranged with you in discussion with your examiners (and possibly supervision team).
The viva takes place at least 6 weeks following your submission to allow the examiners sufficient time to receive and read over your thesis and to report back comments to the University.
Practical arrangements (examiner accommodation, fees, room-booking, catering, etc.) are managed by your registered faculty-based postgraduate research (PGR) admin staff.
Faculty practices may vary so you should check the faculty-specific guidance for postgraduates as well as sectoin 9.4 of the regulations and code of practice for research degrees for further information.
A common concern for PhD researchers towards the point of submission is trying to ascertain which Exam Board might confirm their exam results and which graduation they will be able to attend.
There isn’t an easy answer since this will depend on many factors including the time taken to complete any corrections and the speed at which examiners can report back to the University, which is often outside of our control.
You can find out when each Research Degrees Exam Board will meet and the deadlines for accepting paperwork (i.e. exam reports) for consideration.
These deadlines will allow you/your supervision team to plan ahead (as best you can) to conduct a viva well enough in advance to allow for the timely completion of potential corrections and for examiners to report back, and from this when you should aim to submit (and so when to complete administrative requirements to start the whole process).