It is often the case that the examiners wish to recommend the award of the degree subject to the completion of minor amendments to the thesis. This is an option which may be exercised when the examiners are satisfied that they could recommend the award of the degree once minor amendments only have been made to the thesis and where the nature and extent of the required amendments are such that they can reasonably be completed within a period of three calendar months from the date the examiners notify the student of the amendments. If more substantial amendments are required before the award of the degree can be recommended, then the examiners should recommend a formal resubmission of the thesis.
Where minor amendments are required it is the examiners' responsibility to inform the student of the required amendments. The examiners should also advise the student of the three-month timescale for completion of the amendments. Exceptionally, the three calendar months time-limit may, for good reason, be extended by the Faculty for a further period; however, repeated extensions will not be permitted, as three months should be adequate time to complete any minor amendments. An application form is available from Research & Innovation Services and the standard continuation fee will be levied for the duration of the extension period. Students may retrieve the original master copy of their thesis from Research & Innovation Services in order to make the necessary changes, should they wish to do so. Students who are required to make minor amendments to their thesis will have their time limit extended by three months. Therefore a new UCard can be acquired in line with the new time limit on their student record.
A student who is required to make minor amendments should submit their revised thesis to the internal/external examiner for checking, as instructed. Once the amendments have been approved, a new, correctly bound copy of the approved thesis must be submitted to Research & Innovation Services to be deposited in the University Library. Students should provide a further bound copy for their department, should their department require this. It is recommended that students also print and bind a copy for their own personal use.
For students who commenced their research degree from the start of the 2008-09 session, it is a requirement that the final, examined and approved thesis must be uploaded by the student to the White Rose eTheses Online server otherwise the degree will be withheld.