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MRes Examination Process

MRes Examination Process, 2015

Master of Research (MRes) theses are examined by two external, independent examiners, according to the process outlined on the at Nomination of Examiners Form (MRes) . Two external independent examiners are a requirement of the Australian Graduate Research Good Practice Principles produced by the Australian Council of Graduate Research.

Here is the process once the reports are received:

Step 1: When the two examiner reports are received, they are forwarded to the Faculty Associate Dean/ HDR, except in cases where at least one examiner recommends Revise and Resubmit. In these cases, the thesis is sent to a third examiner, and then all three reports are provided to the Supervisor for Step 3.

Step 2: The AD/HDR consults with the Supervisor and Department MRes Director or Advisor, to decide whether a result can be determined based on two examiner reports, or if there is the need to go to a third examiner. If decision is made to determine result immediately, then the AD/HDR recommends a percentage grade and brief report to the Programs and Examinations Sub-Committee (PESC), which makes a final recommendation to the Higher Degree Research Committee. The result should normally give equal weight to the two examiner reports. (Process ends).

If the result cannot be determined on the basis of the two reports, a third external examiner is sent the thesis.

Step 3: When the third examiner report is received, all three reports are sent to the AD/HDR, who asks for a written report from the Supervisor. The AD/HDR, the Department MRes Director or Advisor, an independent Department MRes Director or Advisor from another Faculty and another researcher in a cognate discipline (but outside the department) recommend a grade, taking into consideration all reports, that is then signed off by the Head of Department and presented at PESC for a final recommendation to HDRC (Process ends).

Process approved by Academic Senate, December 2015.

MRES Examination process flowchart