External examiners are appointed by the University to oversee taught programmes leading to University degrees and other awards. They have an important role in assuring and enhancing the academic standards of programmes. While primarily involved in the review of assessment instruments, processes and standards, external examiners also fulfil an important consultative and advisory function in supporting the enhancement of programmes and of teaching, learning and assessment practices. External examiners contribute in three major areas:

  • Quality: The fundamental role of the external examiner is to assure academic standards and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. The external examiner confirms that the academic standards are consistent with the academic outcomes specified by the University, and are comparable to those achieved in the subject area in equivalent universities nationally and internationally.

  • Equity: The external examiner helps to assure the fairness, validity and rigour of assessment at the University.

  • Enhancement: The external examiner provides feedback on the quality of courses and modules and the overall learning experience in the subject area, and on how teaching, learning and assessment in the subject area may be enhanced. 

If you have a query relating to Subject External Examiners the contact details are as follows:

Email: extern@mu.ie         

Telephone: George (01) 474 7502 / Glenda (01) 708 6415