Your chairperson should be a member of staff who has had some experience of PhD vivas and supervision. Supervisors vary in how they nominate examiners. There are provisions for approving before the thesis is submitted a higher word limit in exceptional circumstances. This should be someone with a good research reputation in your field who can impartially assess your work. Copyright law applies to theses and dissertations written by students as part of their studies in the same way as it applies to other copyright works. The normal expectation is for the viva to be held within 8 weeks of when the examiners receive the thesis. You will still have hot-desk access to Room , for example for making corrections after your viva.
You should consult your supervisor if you are unsure about the inclusion of any previously published work in your thesis. It is also important to seek the prior agreement of those other people to make your thesis available in the University eTheses Repository. While you are making your modifications, keep in regular contact with your supervisor by sending a brief progress report each month. Arranging vivas can be difficult if one or more of your examiners is an exceptionally busy person. If the proposed external is from outside the university system, your supervisor will discuss the choice with the Research Students Tutor. For a PhD this is three years full-time or its part-time equivalent.
You can find information on submitting your thesis, including forms and queries about content, submission dates, examination and degree-awarding procedures, sbumission Research Student Administration RSA.
You can submit your thesis in person at the Aston Webb Student Hub. Once you have submitted, you may be asked at any time to vacate it. When submitting the thesis the postgraduate researcher must also acknowledge the contribution the ‘third party’ editor has made, by stating bhamm example ‘this thesis was copy edited for conventions of language, spelling and grammar by ABC Editing Ltd’.
Presenting your thesis
The thesis is made accessible on an all rights reserved basis meaning authors maintain copyright and does not limit what the author can go on to do with the work. Please do not pester your internal examiner until both you and your supervisor agree that you have waited quite long enough.
The Library Services guide ‘Presenting your thesis’ has been written as the standard for all theses presented for research degrees in the University of Birmingham. However, it should be stressed that this is very dependent on individual examiners and their availability and, therefore, it may not always be possible to adhere to these time constraints.
Notice of intention to submit your thesis
This advice should not be taken as an indication that the final thesis will necessarily fulfil the requirements of the degree. Alternatively, you can post your thesis to the following address: It offers guidance on sbumission practicalities of thesia your thesis in a format that is acceptable for examination and for deposit in the library.
You should make your modifications within the time allowed see belowand submit them to Research Student Admin.
At the same time you must also submit your thesis electronically usually in pdf format to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system. For further information please see: Where an author is uncontactable the library reserves the right to seek permission from the head of the school or department theesis the thesis was completed.
Your thesis will be listed in FindIt Bhamand the Library will forward the details for publication in the index to theses. In applying for this you need your supervisor and the School to say whether they support your application.
If, exceptionally, your thesis contains confidential material and you require an embargo preventing access to any version of your thesis, you must discuss it with your supervisor and make a restricted access request at least two months before your intended submission date using the following form: Vivas are arranged by the internal examiner.
Guidance notes and application forms are online. This should be a member of staff who is not your supervisor or co-supervisor.
The maximum number of words in the thesis or report is shown in the table below. Please refer to Regulation 7. The Research Student Administration page Thesis Submission and Examination gives a list of the forms you need to complete. Minor modifications are usually the correction of typographical errors and minor redrafting of obscure passages in your text.
If you have any queries regarding the Turnitin process, please contact the PGR administrator within your School. However, Research Student Admin will not send the hard copy on to the bam until the School have confirmed that bbam Turnitin report is satisfactory.
The University requires you to tell Student Services that you intend to submit a thesis. The electronic copy for the Turnitin check should be submitted at the same time as you submit your paper copies for examination. Guidance and downloadable forms are online.
The Research Student Administration team will formally notify you by letter when your thesis has been sent out for examination of the names of your examiners and the chairperson for the viva. You should receive an email from the University telling you the deadline for these; the deadline will be about a month before the graduation ceremony. Note especially the layout of your title-page as shown on page 5.
If there are to be more examiners, then your supervisor will discuss this with the Research Students Tutor. It is advised that Option D Embargoes may be suitable for those theses which: