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. Part of the phd examination is the submission of the phd dissertation the second part is an oral examination, the phd viva, in which you will be defending the outcome of your research project before two academic experts in your field in the following sections of this tutorial, you can. The list is purposely generic, so that it covers all types of phd and of course you won't be asked them all (at least, you'd be unlucky if you did) the questions at my viva were extremely specific to the content of my thesis, and therefore some are difficult to predict, but most probably fit into a templates above. You may be asked about any part of the thesis and the examiner may not spend equal time on each section indeed, you may end up feeling that your examiners have missed sections which you are think are vital this is often because they are following their own knowledge base and interests remember. Scholars are often their own worst critics, and it is right to be able to judge your work realistically, but if you have worked hard during the three years of your phd, and your supervisor seems pleased with your thesis too, then chances are you can go into the viva feeling.
At least 100 words, that is also forwarded to you and your supervisor (normally within three weeks of the viva being held) 3 how your thesis will be assessed in reading, phd candidates are expected to demonstrate each of the following: • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or. The committee members are doctors in their field (whether a phd or other designation) and have the task of reading the dissertation, making suggestions for changes and improvements, and sitting in on the defense sometimes, at least one member of the committee must be a professor in a department that is different from. September 2014 thesis defence procedure in the united kingdom contrary to most other countries in europe, the phd thesis defence in the united kingdom is not a formality the thesis defence in the uk is called viva voce (“with the living voice”) it is an oral examination with two examiners and may require a substantial.
By two external examiners (see section 1023 of the academic regulations for postgraduate degrees by research and thesis) 2 only where absolutely necessary, consideration may be given to using the university's videoconferencing facilities for the viva examination section 2: examining a phd. Most phd students will know this but for our non-academic colleagues here a brief description: the phd viva is a traditional oral examination at the very end of the phd programme at uk universities it takes place after the thesis was submitted and read by the appointed examiners its main purpose is to.
Research degree regulations doctor of philosophy (phd) 15 in the case of a student who is allowed to re-submit within 12 months, a second viva would normally be expected however all oral examinations would normally take place at swansea university within six months of the date of submission of the thesis. Preparing for your phd viva this document is intended to provide the basis for a first discussion between a supervisor and a doctoral student about the final viva 1 you should have with you a copy of your thesis – it is very common for an examiner to point you to a particular page/passage, as a prompt to an issue s/he. 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 prospect, but many people really enjoy this experience of discussing their phd research with genuinely interested experts it can also be a.
May be present at the viva award of phd recommended subject to no or minor corrections student makes corrections which are checked by examiners the designated checker(s) of the required corrections then complete another form ( certificate of completion of minor amendments) to certify that the thesis is now. University generic regulations for the degrees of phd and mphil regulations for the degree of doctor of philosophy (phd) and master of philosophy (mphil) should submit independent reports on the thesis to student service centre or equivalent or head of school before the viva voce examination takes place. Top ten questions for the phd oral exam a checklist of 'viva' issues that always come up when you have finally finished writing a phd dissertation or thesis, and submitted it to the university for review, you are at the end of a long period of grappling with dozens of tricky and detailed problems and issues.
If you have experience of teaching, it will help in the viva it is a steady, slow and systematic examination of your work in my viva, my examiners went through my thesis more or less page by page they asked me detailed questions and assumed that i had a response to pretty much anything that they might. Also, the viva is supposed to be the first time that you are truly being spoken to as a peer—as an academic and not a phd student—so being quite serious is part of that 8 also, a good line to remember from patrick dunleavy's book on 'authoring a phd', relating to the thesis as a whole: you pose the.