Event summary

Edinburgh Campus

Event details

The viva at the end of the doctoral process is something that can worry candidates unduly. Mainly this worry is around the unknown, the 'what ifs' and the fact that there is no such thing as a typical viva. Many of these worries can be dealt with simply by considering what the viva is for, who the examiners might be and what they might want and to thinking about how to answer their questions most effectively.

On the day we will make sure that we answer all of your questions, so please come along having thought about what you want to discover.

During the session we will make sure that you:

  • Understand the purpose, probable structure and possible outcomes of the viva.
  • Have considered some key preparatory tasks that need to be done before the viva.

The following will also be covered:

  • The role of your supervisor.
  • What to expect.
  • Typical questions and topics.
  • Possible outcomes.
  • Common concerns.
  • How to prepare.


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