Tag: viva preparation

Common Qs About The Viva: How Can I Avoid Nerves?

It would be very easy for me to say that PhD candidates shouldn’t worry about being nervous. After all, I’ve finished my PhD, and any negative things I remember about the experience are in the past. I’ve also got several years of experience of talking to candidates and graduates: I can’t say “don’t worry” except in a reassuring I-know-you-won’t-believe-me way.…

Viva Experience Research, Part 3: Forming An Outline

The Story So Far In yesterday’s post I shared some results from my survey about the length of vivas; the percentage of graduates that get minor corrections; the discovery that 20.9% of PhD graduates are told at the start of their viva that they have passed. These results get more interesting when we take into account research disciplines of respondents.…

Viva Experience Research, Part 1: Background

To Begin With My viva was four hours long, and I was stood in front of a chalkboard for the entire duration. Yeah: I know. After my PhD, I started work as a skills trainer with postgraduate researchers, and I began delivering sessions on viva preparation. I could tell people about my viva, and about other vivas I had heard…