Preliminary examination

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

Are you about to submit a doctoral dissertation for preliminary examination? This theme comprises instructions for submitting a doctoral dissertation for examination and what should be taken into account when you are planning the examination timetable for your dissertation. Start by reading the general instructions for all doctoral candidates and then move on to the more detailed instructions of your home faculty. You will recognise your faculty's instructions by the header.

Instructions related to permission for a public defence and the publication of doctoral dissertations, the public examination and the grading of the dissertation as well as graduation can be found under separate themes.