School of Postgraduate Studies
Application to Appoint MD Examiners

The supervisor should complete this form and send brief academic CVs for the external and internal examiners to Kathleen Molloy  postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie at least six months before thesis submission. This is to ensure sufficient time for recommendation, approval and appointment of examiners by RCSI and NUI. Criteria for the appointment of examiners and information relating to the potential for conflict of interest are detailed in the RCSI MD Examination Regulations.

Candidate

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* 1. Name of candidate

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* 2. Subject area of research

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* 3. Title of thesis

Supervisor

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* 4. Mobile number of supervisor

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* 5. RCSI department of supervisor

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* 6. Name of supervisor

External Examiner
External examiners for MD theses must:
Not have published with either supervisor within the past 3 years.
 Be chosen from outside NUI Universities/Colleges and their associated teaching hospitals*; they
should also be chosen from outside the 3U partnership. Thus the following colleges are excluded:
3U:
- Dublin City University (DCU)
- Maynooth University (NUIM)
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
NUI:
- University College Dublin (UCD)
- University College Cork (UCC)
- National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM)
 Be chosen from outside the jurisdiction, ideally from the UK in view of compatibility between our MD
structures and regulations.
 Be experienced in research in the general area of the candidate's thesis, be specialists in the topics to
be examined and have recent peer-reviewed publications in that area.
 Hold the position of at least Senior Lecturer at University level and normally hold a PhD or MD degree or an
equivalent or higher degree.
 Hold a current university appointment, not honorary or emeritus.
 Have previous examination experience for PhD or MD degrees.
 Not have acted as an external examiner in RCSI within the preceding 3 years.
 Not have a conflict of interest - this includes, but is not restricted to, the following:
- Having published with the candidate or the candidate’s supervisor within the three years
preceding the examination.
- Holding or having held a grant with the candidate or the candidate’s supervisor within the
three years preceding the examination.
- Having the supervisor act as external examiner for any member of his/her research group,
including himself/herself within the three years preceding the examination.
- Currently serving as a member of staff at RCSI in any capacity.
- Having been a member of staff at RCSI within the three years preceding the examination.
- Having been a higher degree graduate of RCSI within the three years preceding the examination.
- Being related to the candidate, supervisor or internal examiner.
- Having any involvement with the research project.

- The School of Postgraduate Studies will pay for Economy Class travel expenses only. No Business class flights will be reimbursed. Travel arrangements should be made through RCSI Travel, by the SPGS administrator (Elaine Carton). External Examiners from outside EU are therefore now permissible.
- SPGS will pay for a maximum of 2 nights' hotel accommodation in Dublin for the External Examiner. 
- Supervisors may invite the External Examiner to present their own research to their department only AFTER the viva voce examination has been been completed. Supervisors may also extend the External Examiner's visit (AFTER the viva voce), at their own expense.
- SPSG will pay for modest hospitality of the examiners, supervisors and student only AFTER the viva voce has been completed. SPGS will reimburse supervisors up to a maximum of €150 for lunch and €200 for dinner, using the standard RCSI finance staff expenses system.

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* 7. External Examiner name (must be outside of Ireland)

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* 8. External Examiner position

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* 9. External examiner university affiliation

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* 10. External examiner direct line telephone number

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* 11. External examiner mobile number

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* 12. External examiner email address

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* 13. External examiner postal address (to which the thesis will be sent)

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* 14. External examiner professional background / education / academic achievements / honours / awards

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* 15. External examiner areas of research experience

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* 16. External examiner 5 most recent publications (pertinent to the thesis topic to be examined, within the last 5 years)

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* 17. External examiner's external examining experience within the past 5 years (please include the names of the universities)

Internal (RCSI) Examiner
Internal examiners must:
 Be members of academic staff at RCSI and should normally hold a PhD or MD degree or equivalent.
 Hold at least the position of Lecturer or its equivalent.
 Have general expertise of the research area of the thesis.
 Be experienced in research and have recently published in peer-reviewed journals.
 Be sufficiently independent of the supervisor.
 Be independent of the candidate and the external examiner.
 Be familiar with RCSI higher degree regulations and have attended thesis examiner training.
 Not be the candidate’s MD thesis supervisor.
 Not have a conflict of interest - this includes but is not restricted to the following:
- Having published with the candidate within the three years preceding the examination.
- Having a personal relationship with the candidate, supervisor or external examiner.
- Having any involvement with the research project.
 Not have acted in this capacity more than once previously in the same academic year.
 Not be registered for a higher degree by research at RCSI or elsewhere.
 Not be a postdoctoral research fellow or visiting member of staff at RCSI.

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* 18. Internal Examiner name

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* 19. RCSI department

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* 20. Mobile number

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* 21. Email address

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* 22. Full RCSI departmental address (to which thesis would be sent)

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* 23. Professional background / education / academic achievements / honours / awards / achievements

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* 24. Areas of research experience

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* 25. 5 most recent publications (related to the thesis topic, within the last 5 years)

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* 26. MD examining experience within the past 5 years (please include the names of the universities)

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* 27. Other information

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* 28. I (the supervisor) confirm that I have read the regulations for the nomination of MD examiners available at: MD regulations

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