This chapter considers the examination process from all perspectives: student, supervisor and examiner. Students producing dissertations, and those writing theses in Australia, are highly unlikely to be asked to take part in a viva. However, every dissertation or thesis is normally read by at least two examiners, so it is a significant moment for your student to have their work critiqued. For those undertaking a PhD, EdD or PrD in the UK, Europe and many countries other than Australia, there is also a viva to accompany the thesis examination. The doctoral viva and postviva or post-examination corrections are discussed in Chapters 20 and 21. In recent work on the National Teaching Fellowship-funded project ‘Doctoral Learning Journeys’ (Wisker et al., 2010) we interviewed over 20 doctoral examiners and asked them about the procedures for examining, and how they identified the characteristics of a good or a passable thesis as representative of the quality of the research undertaken. We also asked them if and where there might be stages or moments in the thesis where the students were clearly showing their work at a conceptual, critical and creative enough level to gain their PhD. Some of the data from this research appears in quotations below and the overall understanding from it informs the chapter.
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