Professional Involvement - External Examiners

Professional Involvement - External Examiners


External examiners provide impartial and independent advice on the standard of the academic content of a subject/module and of a student’s achievement in relation to those standards.

In undergraduate and taught postgraduate examinations, external examiners usually have to approve draft examination papers to ensure that they are set at the appropriate standard and also accurately reflect the curriculum. They also review the marks and answer papers of a selection of the students to ensure that the internal marking is consistent.

For doctoral theses, master’s dissertations and mini-dissertations the external examiner’s responsibilities are to determine if the work is of an appropriate standard for the award of the specific degree, and if it is presented and discussed appropriately according to the set standard.

Currently and in the past, some of our staff have acted as external examiners at various universities, nationally as well as internationally.

National universities
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • Independent Institute of Education (Undergraduate)
  • North West University (and previously Potchefstroom University) (Undergraduate)
  • Stellenbosch University (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • Tshwane University of Technology (Undergraduate, Honours)
  • University of Johannesburg and previously RAU (Undergraduate, Honours, Master’s, Doctoral)
  • UNISA (Undergraduate, Honours, Master’s, Doctoral)
  • University of Cape Town (Undergraduate, Master’s, Doctoral)
  • University of KwaZulu Natal (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • University of Limpopo (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • University of the Free State (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • Walter Sisulu University (and previously University of Transkei) (Undergraduate, Honours, Master’s, Doctoral)
  • University of Witwatersrand (Master’s)
  • University of Zululand (Undergraduate, Honours, Master’s, Doctoral)
International universities
  • Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Makerere University, Uganda (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • University of Botswana (Master’s, Doctoral)
  • Moi University, Kenya (Master’s, Doctoral)



- Author Joukje Geertsema
Published by Joukje Geertsema

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