Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Grades of PhD degree

A doctorate from the Open University may ultimately be a pass or fail, but there are five grades given after the viva:
  • Award of the degree
  • Corrections and modifications
  • Substantial amendment
  • Major revision and resubmission for re-examination
  • Alternative recommendations for PhD candidates
  • Fail
Straight award with no corrections is rare. The most likely result is minor corrections and modifications, for which you get a couple of months to do them in. Substantial amendment is still a pass and you get six months to fix the deficiencies. With amendments you don't have to get reexamined. I am not contemplating the lower grades.

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