I had a read of this post by Mark Pallen recently, on what he discusses are his minimum requirements for examining a PhD thesis, with a particular focus on molecular bacteriology. It got me thinking about the requirements of different examiners in their respective fields of expertise.
I wondered what people here might have to add to this? I know it's a very general question and as such I'm not expecting a specific type of answer. I'm particularly interested in what you think one should be able to demonstrate as a minimum standard in your overarching area of expertise, although perhaps with a focus on bioinformatics, this being a bioinformatics forum after all.
My research relates to understanding the evolution of the genome with a particular focus on non-coding DNA and gene duplication, utilizing phylogenetic comparative methods and evolutionary bioinformatics approaches, applicable to the study of large-scale genomics data. Any comments relating to these areas would of course be most appreciated and helpful from my perspective. However, I am not asking that this be limited to just my particular field, as I would like to see if any consensus comments are made by those with experience in examining theses, that might assist people when producing a PhD thesis in general.
Perhaps this could become a reference post for those members considering a PhD in a bioinformatics related field, writing up their theses, or preparing for their viva's?