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Appointment of Examiners

The examination of a higher degree by research thesis is complex. Examiners must judge a candidate's understanding of a body of existing knowledge, their approach to research, construction of hypotheses, arguments and analyses. The selection of examiners is of critical importance as a special relationship exists between examiners and candidates - if the degree is awarded candidates and examiners will become peers.

Doctoral theses are examined by at least two examiners of international standing in their field, all of whom are external to the University of Adelaide.

Masters theses are examined by at least two examiners, at least one of whom is external to the University of Adelaide.

In nominating prospective examiners, supervisors will ensure that they are academic members or affiliate members of a tertiary institution or, where this is not the case, will provide information about the employment, research, supervisory and examination experience of each for the consideration of the Research Education & Development Committee. Examiners must:

  • normally, be active in research/scholarship, to ensure that their knowledge of your field is current,
  • have empathy with the theoretical framework you have used during your research
  • not have acted in a supervisory capacity, be co-authors on any papers arising from your doctoral or masters research, or have otherwise been involved in the development of your research
  • not be employed by the same institution, and
  • not be advised of the identity of the other nominated examiners; or have their identity revealed to you.
  • not be a Titleholder of the University of Adelaide except if being appointed as the internal examiner for a Master by Research thesis examination.

On receipt of a candidate's notification of intention to submit, the Adelaide Graduate Centre will forward a 'Nomination of Examiners' form to the relevant School for completion.


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