Fees and expenses for External Examiners for taught programmes


The information set out below is the standard University guidance for external examiner fees. The fee level is set at the discretion of the school (and may therefore differ from the guidance set out here depending on local conditions) and must be specified in the  External Examiner Nomination Form (Office document, 43kB).  Please contact the Academic Quality and Policy Office if you have any queries.    



  • A standard basic annual fee of £150 per programme, plus £5 per full-time-equivalent candidate.

Postgraduate Taught

  • A standard basic annual fee of £150 per programme, plus either £25 per dissertation OR £20 per candidate.
  • Taught doctorates £150.

The standard maximum overall fee for an external examiner is £800.

Where there is more than one external examiner covering the same programme, the student element in the calculation (which provides a measure of examining load) would normally be divided between the number of external examiners. The basic fee element would remain at £150 for all examiners.


Fee and expense claims

Payment of fees and expenses is the responsibility of the Temporary Staffing Service (TSS), and the fee should not be paid until the annual external examiner report has been returned and satisfactorily completed.  External examiners must submit a Fee/Expense form (PDF, 396kB) to External Examining Claim, TSS CAG, University of Bristol, 65 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UL.

Full details of the University's Regulations for Travelling and Subsistence Expense Claims, including mileage allowance can be found on the Finance Services web pages, specifically in the Travel, Subsistence and Expenses Policy (PDF, 394kB).

External Examiners for research students

For information regarding the administration of external examiners for research programmes please contact Robert Heron, or visit the Examinations web page