B – How experienced examiners assess research theses

Mullins G, Kiley M. “It’s a PhD, not a Nobel Prize”: how experienced examiners assess research theses. Studies in Higher Education 2002;27(4):369-386
(doi: 10.1080/0307507022000011507)

This 2002 article reports on a study of the examination processes for postgraduate research theses that 30 Australian experienced examiners went through, and the judgements they made before writing their reports. The study considered a variety of issues, such as: criteria used by examiners and levels of student performance expected by them; critical judgement points in the examination process; examiners’ perceptions of their own role in the process; influence on examiners of previously published works.