Viva preparation and practice
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 practice.
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.
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
- Develop their awareness and understanding of the rules and expectations of the Viva examination
- Use tools and strategies to prepare for the exam
- Develop an awareness of the examiner’s perspective
- Increase their awareness of what to expect of the exam
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.”
Third and fourth year PGR
NUMBER OF PLACES
Dr Melanie Ghoul, Department of Zoology
DATE/TIME AND BOOKING INFORMATION
Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme. This course usually takes place in Michaelmas and Trinity Terms. If it isn't currently appearing in the course programme, please keep checking back.
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.
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