Teaching & Learning


An Introduction to Examining the Doctorate, 31 January 2024 (in-person)

31 January 2024, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

A student in a coffee shop using a tablet

This session reviews all the stages of examining a doctorate, and focuses on good practice and potentially tricky situations. It's designed for anyone assessing any kind of doctoral award, whether as an internal or an external examiner, or in-person, hybrid or online.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff






UCL Arena Centre
+44 20 7907 4625


Bernard St (40), 412
40 Bernard Street
United Kingdom

Wednesday 31 January 2024, 14:00 - 16:00 (in-person)

This session reviews all the stages of examining a doctorate. After reviewing UCL's official guidance, we discuss examples of good practice and answer some frequently asked questions, and we think about what we might do in difficult situations, including hearing from experienced examiners about their experience of handling awkward or tricky scenarios. We look briefly at examining different doctoral awards, as well as using hybrid and online vivas as part of the examination process. The session is designed for anyone assessing any doctorate, whether as an internal or an external examiner. 

In this workshop we will: 

  • explain UCL's examining procedures and guidelines
  • prepare you for examination at other institutions 
  • explore various scenarios through case studies
  • share best practice

Participants who have completed this course/session will be able to:

  • understand UCL policy and procedure for effective examining of doctorates  
  • be more confident in examining doctorates at UCL and at other institutions

Who should attend

Research supervisors, mid career, education leaders.