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This participative workshop provides third and fourth year DPhil students with information about the viva, guidance on planning a pro-active approach to it, and opportunities to practise.

course details

The course will:

  • Look at the rules and expectations of the viva exam
  • Identify and practise practical ways to prepare

The course also includes talks from:

  • A student who has recently completed their viva and will talk about their experience
  • An examiner who will set out expectations of candidates from their point of view, provide advice, and answer questions

Testimonials from Past Participants

  • 'I am now more aware of the whole process and what to consider beforehand to ensure a successful outcome.'
  • 'I feel much more prepared to face the viva as the natural progression from completing my thesis and understanding the work that I have done over the past four years.'
  • 'It is easy to forget that all students are passionate and capable of discussing their research in depth, and this course helped me view the viva as a positive experience in which I will be able to discuss at length my own work, findings and conclusions.'

intended for

Third and fourth year graduate research students.

Number of Places


course leader

Dr Melanie Ghoul, Department of Zoology


Friday 23rd November 2018, 10.00 - 15.00

Friday 24th May 2019, 10.00 - 15.00

rdf skills

B1, B2, B3, D2

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


A booking link will be available here in due course. In the meantime please email with any queries. 

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.