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The assessment process

This page outlines some important information around the timing of the assessment of your thesis.

For candidates without an oral examination component

How long will it take?

Although we ask examiners to provide their reports within six weeks of receipt of your thesis, the examination process can vary. Results of examinations can sometimes be delayed, for instance when a replacement examiner becomes necessary.

You should expect to wait a minimum of two months before we contact you with a result or notification of a delay. After this time you can contact us about the progress of your examination.

Please note that while the thesis is being examined, and until the Committee has considered the results, no specific information regarding the outcome can be disclosed.

During the examination process, you and your supervisors should not attempt to contact the examiners.

Enrolment status

Your enrolment status will remain ‘enrolled’ during the examination period. This will allow you to retain access to your student email account and library services, as well as other services you enjoy as an enrolled student.

If you submit a research thesis before the census date, i.e. 31 March or 31 August, you won’t be charged any fees, or consume any candidature during the examination process.

If you submit your thesis after the census date, i.e. 31 March or 31 August, then you’ll be liable for the full semester’s fees, and you’ll  continue to consume candidature during the examination process.

Notification of the outcome

After all of your examination reports have been received by Research Assessments, they will be sent to the Graduate Research School Committee (GRSC) for consideration.

The GRSC will notify Research Assessments of the outcome of your examination. You will be contacted with your examination result and instructions on the next step in the process.

More information on the next step go to the After thesis examination web page.

For candidates with an oral examination component

Your examiners will be asked to return a written interim report within six weeks of receipt of your thesis. The oral examination will be scheduled for approximately ten weeks after submission of your thesis. You will receive at least two weeks notification of the time and location of your oral examination.

Once Research Assessments receive the written interim examiner reports, they will be sent to you and your supervisors for consideration.

After the oral examination, the Panel Chair and examiners will confer on a recommendation to the University regarding the award of PhD. This final report will take account of both the initial examination of the thesis and the oral examination and be submitted to the Dean, Graduate Research School. The Dean GRS will notify Research Assessments of the outcome of your examination. You will be contacted with your examination result and instructions on the next step in the process

Students on a research scholarship

Most scholarships will stop on the day you submit your thesis for examination. To avoid having to repay any overpayment of your scholarship you should notify the Research Scholarships Officer as soon as you have submitted your thesis for examination.

Email scholarships@ecu.edu.au for more information or assistance.


Contact

Research Assessments
Student Services Centre
Building 34, Level 2
270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3911
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 2055
Email: researchassessments@ecu.edu.au

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