When the examiners agree
After receiving the examiners' reports, the Dean of Graduate Research determines the final outcome of the examination. If both examiners have recommended the award of the degree without any amendments (A grade), the Dean of Graduate Research will recommend that the degree be awarded.
If both examiners have recommended the award of the degree subject to minor or major amendments (B or C grade), or if one examiner recommends that the thesis be passed, and the other recommends that the thesis be passed subject to minor or major amendments (B or C grade), your supervisor and the HDR Coordinator of your College (or nominee) ensures that the amendments are made. The Dean of Graduate Research will then normally recommend the award of the degree.
If both examiners are unanimous in making any of the other remaining recommendations above (D, E or F grades), the examiners' reports are then referred to the University Higher Degrees Research Committee (UHDRC), which will make a decision on the outcome of the examination.
When the examiners don't agree
When examiners are not unanimous in making any other recommendations above, you and your supervisor will be provided with copies of the examiner reports. In consultation with you, your supervisor will be invited to write a statement in response to the differing examiner recommendations. Your examination will be then be referred to the University Higher Degrees Research Committee (UHDRC) who will determine your final examination result. The UHDRC may engage a third examiner to provide the committee with additional expertise and insight.
The following examination diagram and matrix may be helpful tools to assist with understanding this process.