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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.


The course will look at the rules and expectations of the viva exam and 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 alongside an examiner who will set out expectations of candidates from their point of view, provide advice, and answer questions.


  • '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.'


Third and fourth year graduate research students.




Dr Molly Grace, Department of Biology


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.)


Book your place on Viva Preparation and Practice by clicking here

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

Summary of Training Terms & Conditions

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