June 7, 2017, by Lisa Chin

Summer Course: Preparing for the Viva

Handing in a PhD thesis is a tremendous achievement, but it is not the end of the journey for doctoral students. The next step is to prepare for an intellectually-gruelling hurdle: a viva.

This oral examination is where you will defend your thesis. To put it simply, you should think of it as a verbal counterpart to your written thesis. Your thesis demonstrates your skill at presenting your research in writing while your viva demonstrates your ability to participate in academic discussion with research colleagues and experts.

Viva involves lots of intensely penetrating questions and conceptually complex debates which is why it is infamously terrifying.

To best prepare the students for their viva, we offered the ‘Preparing for the Viva’ as our first summer course and it was held on 5th June 2017. Delivered by Dr Lee Jiin Woei, Research Training Development Manager, this course considered the main purposes of the viva and discussed the examination process and criteria. One of the key learning outcomes was students would have generated some possible responses to typical viva questions which will then help them to mentally prepare for their viva. The course also provided useful information regarding the different possible outcome of the viva and some essential skills to consider in the lead up to, and during the viva itself.

Missed out this summer course? Don’t worry. A selection of the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) courses is being offered over the summer! It is a unique opportunity to get ahead, stay on track or catch up while still enjoying summer downtime on campus.

Date Time Course
9 June 2017 10am – 12pm Introduction to the Skills of Teamwork for Researchers
14 June 2017 10am – 12pm Writing Research Proposals
14 June 2017 2pm – 4pm Publishing in High Quality Journals
19 June 2017 10am – 12pm Preparing for Your Annual Review
21 June 2017 10am – 12pm Getting Going on Your Thesis
22 June 2017 10am – 4pm Academic Job Interviews
26 July 2017 10am – 12pm Word Essentials for Researchers – Advanced
28 July 2017 10am – 12.30pm Creating a Poster in PowerPoint
31 July 2017 10am – 12pm Using Posters to Communicate Research
2 August 2017 10am – 3pm Presentation Skills
4 August 2017 10am – 1pm Further Presentation Skills

To register or find out more about these courses, log onto Moodle using your University credentials following this link: http://moodle.nottingham.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11606.

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