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Viva success/failure rate for phd students

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Dear London School of Economics,

I request the following. For each school/department within the university and for each academic year from 2006 to 2016 please provide:

1) The total number of viva examinations that took place for that school's students for that year.
2) The total number of viva examinations in which a student successfully passed.
3) Total that failed (please count conversion to MSc as a failure).

Please send me the above in .csv format

Yours faithfully,
Michael Lee

Dear London School of Economics,

I apologise but I need to make the following clarifications with respect to my request:

1) Please only consider statistics regarding PhD students and disregard any other form of award that undergoes viva examinations (e.g. EngD, etc).
2) Please count any resubmission result as part of its own category and do not include it in the failure category.

I'm aware that this changes the nature of my request somewhat. Please let me know if this is possible.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Lee

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

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Dear Michael,

With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, please find attached the information you requested. Please note:

1. Vivas by department and year. The data on vivas for 2006-2008 is erratic as this covered the period when Senate House administered the PhD examination process and then the takeover period when the LSE started administering it. We didn't record the viva date for the Senate House examinations only the thesis submissions and awards hence why the numbers are low.

2. PhD Awards by department and year.

3. Not awarded PhD - this spreadsheet includes data on those students that entered for the PhD but were eventually awarded an MPhil, or were referred for re-examination but then didn't submit the amendments. They failed the PhD but in most cases were awarded an MPhil instead. This information is not provided broken down by department as the low numbers would have allowed identification of the individuals involved, but the totals per year are provided.

If you think that the information provided does not meet your request, contact me on 020 7849 4622 or write to Louise Nadal, School Secretary, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/, though they expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint directly.

The provision of information by the LSE under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not imply a right to copy, reproduce publish or otherwise use such information.

Copying or reproducing such information in any way either in whole or in part without prior written consent may be an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right belonging to the LSE or a third party.

Yours sincerely,
Rachael Maguire
Records Manager
London School of Economics

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