Viva-voce examinations may be a standard form of assessment on some programmes (PhDs for example) or may be used where further information is required about a candidate's knowledge or ability in a subject area.
Viva-voce examinations may also be used to assist examiners in cases where there are:
- Unexpected results
- A borderline candidate
- Mitigating circumstances
Candidates will not be disadvantaged by a viva-voce examination; marks cannot be reduced
The viva-voce panel should normally consist of at least two people one of whom should be a member of the academic staff.
Schools should publish, as soon as the date of the Programme Assessment Board is determined, the date(s) on which any viva-voce examination may take place.
Schools should contact any candidate invited to attend a viva-voce examination as soon as possible and wherever possible 5 working day's notice should be given.
Students should be notified in writing or via email of the form that the viva will take, for example:
- How long will it last
- Who will be in attendance
- Whether they are permitted to bring any items for reference purposes
- Whether there will be any items available for reference purposes.
The findings of the viva-voce panel and its recommendations shall be reported to the Programme Assessment Board.