The reason being, that the thesis is only presented at the viva, but is not awarded until any corrections (if any) are done. So the point is is that all PhD's examined are of different grades, but all those that are awarded, are the same grade.
The time spent on 'minor corrections' may be comparatively more than 'major corrections'.
For example, a professor may give comments that are over 10 pages long, and request 'minor corrections'.
On the other hand, another professor may give comments that are 2 pages long, and request 'major corrections'.
I think it's not awarded since there's no objective standard that the thesis could be judged against. I know that's arguable, but the fact it's based on original research means that the assessment is beyond that of a teaching exercise. I certainly think that fellow academics make an assessment of the merits of ones thesis.
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