School of Social and Political Science

Thesis submission and examination

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Thesis submission and examination is managed by the College Postgraduate Office. Please review the process in the Thesis submission guide.

In SPS, PhD students have a choice of viva methods. Therefore, you will need to advise your preference to the SPS PGR Support team (pgresearch.sps@ed.ac.uk) when you submit your Notice of Intention to Submit (NITS). Please note the final viva arrangement depends on facility availability and agreement of all parties.

Viva methods:

  • In-person (facility availability and location of examiners permitting)
  • Hybrid (PhD student and Internal Examiner together in a room – facilities permitting, External Examiner online)
  • Remote (all parties online)

Note that remote participation by External Examiners may broaden the choice of experts available to you and can avoid visa or COVID complications that may arise from international travel.

The PGR Support team will provide guidance on permissions required by all parties where applicable.

Please note that you are also required to email your pre-submission thesis to your Principal Supervisor to upload to Turnitin and check the similarity report.

This should be done as early as possible prior to your Maximum End Date (required thesis submission date) in case any revisions are required before submitting your thesis for examination.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please email the College Postgraduate Office or the SPS PGR Support Team:

Email the College Postgraduate Office

Email the SPS PGR Support Team

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