The PhD Viva: How to Prepare for Your Oral Examination (Macmillan Research Skills)

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For PhD and other doctorate degree students as they approach their viva, this book helps candidates to understand the viva process and to prepare and present their work in the best possible manner. With concrete guidance, examples and activities throughout, it will cover everything from the constitution of the PhD viva panel and how to prepare as the event draws closer, to typical questions and how to answer them, and each of the possible exam outcomes. The book will also include a unique case studies chapter which brings the viva to life by drawing on practical real-life experiences from successful PhD graduates, as well as a chapter that will helpfully play out an entire viva, using examples from real student examinations.
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ISBN-13: 9781137395764
ISBN-10: 1137395761
Pagini: 184
Ilustrații: 7 photographs, 11 b/w tables, 16 b/w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Ediția: 2014
Editura: Macmillan Education UK
Colecția Red Globe Press
Seria Macmillan Research Skills

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


1. Introduction.- 2. The PhD Viva.- 3. The Examination Panel.- 4. Preparing for Your Viva.- 5. Typical Questions and How to Answer them.- 6. The Viva Itself.- 7. The Outcome.- 8. Case Studies.- 9. Summary and the Future.- References, Further Reading and Web-Based Resources.

Notă biografică

Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of the University of Sunderland, UK, having held several teaching, research and management positions at the University. He has examined or supervised over 100 doctoral candidates in a range of subjects at Universities in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Spain. He is co-author of The Professional Doctorate.


  • Contains a unique case studies chapter which brings the viva to life by incorporating the real-life experiences of recent PhD researchers
  • Includes a chapter which draws on real student examinations to recreate the viva experience and provide readers with an idea of what to expect from it
  • Gives readers numerous examples, activities and practical tips to help them plan and prepare for the viva
  • Based on the author’s own experiences as supervisor, examiner and chair of over a hundred vivas across a range of disciplines, both in the UK and internationally