Developments in the Doctoral Examination in the UK

Stan Taylor

Honorary Professor, School of Education, University of Durham and Honorary Life Member of the UKCGE

A study of the doctoral examination policies of 127 UK Higher Education Institutions

At the start of the 21st century, there was a flurry of interest in the examination of the doctorate in the UK. Studies from that time suggested that there was a high degree of variability in policies and procedures for doctoral examinations between institutions. The present paper explores how far, nearly two decades on, variations still persist.

had an explicit requirement for candidates to be consulted about examiners 
of policies did not mention prior examination experience 
out of 107 HEIs required an independent chair