External Examiner – MRes Clinical Research, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Opening Date:
7 Aug 2023
Closing Date:
31 Aug 2023
Salary Range:

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care (NMPC) is based in the heart of central and south London. It includes the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, the premier Institute for Palliative Care, bringing together clinical, research and education teams.

We are seeking an External Examiner for our Master of Research (MRes) in Clinical Research programme. The course is a multi-disciplinary course aimed at practitioners wishing to develop their clinical or academic research careers. The course seeks to enhance the skills and knowledge needed for supporting, delivering and integrating research into clinical practice, as well as fostering evidence-based practice.

For the last three years, King’s has been number 2 in the world and number 1 in Europe for Nursing (QS world rankings). Our award-winning NMPC education programmes span pre-registration nursing and midwifery, and multidisciplinary post-graduate taught and research programmes. King’s is the largest provider of healthcare education in Europe. Our applied clinical and health research transforms therapies, the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients.

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) placed King’s applied and allied health research 1st for: overall proportion of research rated 4* (world-leading, the best mark possible), research papers rated 4*, impact rated 4*, environment rated 4* (joint), Grade Point Average and Power. REF2021 rated as world-leading: 100% of our environment, 86% of our impact and 70% of our research overall. Over 95% of our research overall was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

External Examiner Duties:

  • Assist in the maintenance of King’s College London’s standard of awards and advise if there is a falling below national standards in the subject area.
  • Seek to ensure assessment processes are fair, rigorous and operated equitably.
  • Have regard to the totality of the degree and be involved in award decisions.
  • Comment upon and give approval to all draft examination papers and other forms of assessment.
  • Inspect examination scripts or other assessed material including coursework.
  • Advise whether marking and award classification schemes are consistent with internal and external standards.
  • Adjudicate in cases where internal examiners cannot agree.
  • Recommend appropriate action to ameliorate systematic issues in marking.
  • Attend all Faculty Assessment Sub-Board meetings and approve results and final award recommendations.
  • Report on areas of good practice and key issues identified during the year.

To be able to speak authoritatively on academic standards of the programme, Examiners should normally:

  • Hold a current academic appointment in another UK higher education institution, with a minimum of three years’ experience.
  • Have experience as a clinical researcher in an area of research that is relevant to the programme.
  • Hold a UK professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Have experience of the design and operation of assessment.
  • Be able to provide comments about the student learning experience and make suggestions of enhancements.


To apply, please send us your expression of interest, including your CV to:

Andrew Pearce, Learning & Teaching Quality Manager (andrew.c.pearce@kcl.ac.uk)