This page contains links to further information relevant to the process of external examination, including additional guidance, University procedures and regulations, and external reference points.
Detailed guidance for external examines is available via an online handbook which can be accessed below. This guidance is, in turn, based on the University’s Code of Practice on External Examining / Moderation.
External examiners are asked to comment on academic standards in the context of the University’s approved qualification and level descriptors. These are available online for undergraduates here and for postgraduates here.
External examiners need to be familiar with the relevant requirements for assessment, examination and award. There are both core, University-wide regulations and programme regulations, and these must be read in conjunction with each other.
Core regulations cover issues such as preconditions for the award of degrees, requirements for progression between levels of study, and requirements for the award of each qualification and the classification of each qualification.
External examiners are asked to carry out their duties with reference to the relevant QAA subject benchmarks. Such benchmarks are available for virtually all undergraduate programmes, and for a smaller number of taught postgraduate programmes.
QAA UK Quality Code
The University’s policies and procedures with respect to external examining have been informed by External Expertise Chapter of the UK Quality Code.
Contact for Further Information
For queries relating to specific programmes or modules, please contact the Chair of the Board of Studies for the department / school in which you are examining. For queries relating to University regulations or the external examination process in general, please contact the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service by email here.
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Information about External Examiners for Taught Degrees