This paper discusses the issues which need consideration before, during and after a doctoral viva it is concerned with ensuring that doctoral candidates are well positioned and prepared to maximise the opportunities the viva voce (oral examination of a doctoral thesis) offers them to assist them in achieving a successful. The purpose of this guide is to assist ul doctoral research students in their preparation for the viva voce (oral) examination this guide has been developed by the graduate school in consultation with the faculties and in line with the ul handbook of academic regulations and procedures which includes research. I submitted my thesis way back in march but, somewhere between creet and the research school, the documentation was lost or abandoned for a couple of months add to that a spell in hospital when they finally got round to fixing a date – and i'm left with a viva in late august, when my thesis is fast. Guidance on preparing for your viva phd, mphil, dmedsci congratulations on submitting your thesis when you have submitted your thesis, life can seem a little flat for a while congratulate yourself, take a breath – but try not to lose your momentum remember that the viva voce is an oral. Viva following the submission of your thesis or dissertation for examination you may be required to sit an oral examination known as a viva phd, mphil or engd students: your department will contact you to arrange your viva ma/msc students do not usually sit an oral examination however you may be called for a viva by. This paper discusses the issues which need consideration before, during and after a doctoral viva it is concerned with ensuring that doctoral candidates are well positioned and prepared to maximise the opportunities the viva voce (oral examination of a doctoral thesis) offers them to assist them in. The full name for what is usually just called a 'viva' is viva voce, which means 'by or with the living voice' and is the name for an oral examination on written work postgraduate students, who are assessed on the basis of a dissertation or thesis, usually get examined at least in part by viva undergraduates seldom do unless.
This guide addresses the period between the submission of your thesis and the day of your viva it offers ideas to help you perform calmly and confidently in your oral examination introduction so far you may have focussed primarily on writing your thesis: making sure it was in good shape before submitting it handing in. Then when any typ-o came up during the viva, or at the end when they mentioned revisions, i pulled it out and said, “i have made a note of all typ-os i found when reading it through and to be fixed before submitting the hardcopy of the thesis” again—it helped me to feel more prepared and in control, i think. A paper originally presented at the warwick business school doctoral programme university of warwick february 1997 revised version 14 july 2003 a set of powerpoint® slides (phdvivappt) is also available to accompany this paper preparing for the phd viva voce - a personal reflection by david twigg. In the uk the supervisor does not participate in the viva, but may be allowed to observe sometimes someone from your own institution is appointed as an independent chair this list gives you suggestions helpful in preparing to defend your thesis: i know my thesis thoroughly i have written a one-page summary of each.
As if the phd itself wasn't hard enough, once you've navigated the precarious road of relationships with your supervisor, experiments that don't work as expected, reluctant interviewees and the despair of writing up, you have to face the viva what is the viva the viva voce (literally: live voice, or by the living. How to survive your viva demystifies an opaque rite de passage familiarity with the rules and rituals is of critical importance for all doctoral students wanting to pass first time phd supervisors, examiners and viva chairs will find it a useful preparation for their roles too john wakeford, head, missenden centre the oral. Ever wondered what it looks like to do a phd find out by watching my channel click here to subscribe: ucikpumzlgyd9bv9faw3s. Once you have submitted your thesis you will be invited to defend your doctorate at a 'viva voce' (latin for 'by live voice') or oral examination the thesis defence can be a daunting your institution may offer courses on viva preparation and there may be opportunities to organise a practice viva take advantage of these.
Heriot-watt university professor kevin o'gorman offers some advice to those preparing for their viva voce. Preparation for the viva voce examination tips for supervisors of research students approaching the viva key tip: choose examiners carefully 1 has the student read their thesis– are they familiar with the content, can they answer the following i) what has been the significant contribution of your research to.
Preparing and surviving your master's or phd's viva voce (oral exam) in malaysian universities by christopher teh boon sung viva voce, or simply called viva, is the most anticipated stage of your research postgraduate study because this is the stage where you will defend your research work under the. These tips are designed primarily for those taking their phd exam in the uk, but some of the more general points will apply to those in other countries too unlike undergraduate and masters degrees, phds are examined by viva voce, which is an oral examination here are some hints to help you prepare and perform well. Preparation and practice skills development and performance rehearsal understand the principles a phd is about knowing your field thoroughly evaluating your subject making a useful contribution mastering appropriate techniques & knowing their limitation communicating in a professional way purpose of viva.
In some institutions you might need to prepare a talk to present before the viva ( this was the case for me, and i found it great preparation for the exam) you need to make sure you know what your institution does to ensure you are prepared one important thing to find out is if you are allowed to bring a copy of your thesis into. Preparing for your viva voce dissertation oral defence this slide show series winner dissertation is available at:.
I have a written about my viva experience here from jan-march i was working with the public health team at hackney city council i also had open university marking to do in march so i started preparing for my thesis approximately a month before my viva, and this is how: step 1: the first thing i did was. The most obvious form of preparation is to re-read your thesis try to anticipate questions, comments and criticisms, and think how you would respond although you may not be able to anticipate actual questions to be asked by the examiners, this approach will encourage you. By dr fiona millar (i'm still not used to using that) the day has come you submitted your phd thesis and have been preparing for your viva voca oral examination you're nervous, you don't really know what to expect and you're also a little excited (although you'd never tell any one that) your viva is a.