‘Congratulations, Dr!’: surviving and thriving in your viva

Maria Raisa Jessica (Ryc) Aquino, Claire Wilson

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    As a UK-based PhD student, it will come as no surprise that upon submitting your PhD thesis, you will be required to undertake a viva voce (viva) or oral examination of your research. Despite knowing that this is an inevitable part of the PhD process, the viva can feel mysterious and is often left for discussion towards the end of your project (Morley, Leonard & David, 2003). Anecdotes from those who have completed a viva may describe dispiriting experiences, which can negatively impact your own confidence (Carter & Whittaker, 2009; Grabbe, 2003; Wallace, 2003). Although each viva is unique, in this article we aim to demystify the process through sharing our learning from our viva experiences and using relevant literature. Further, we aim to promote the view that the viva should be considered an exciting opportunity to discuss your work. To do this, the article will outline how to prepare for the day, what might happen during the viva and what might be expected of you afterwards.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Guide for Psychology Postgraduates
    Subtitle of host publicationSurviving Postgraduate Study
    EditorsHolly Walton, Maria Raisa Jessica (Ryc) Aquino, Catherine V. Talbot, Claire Melia
    PublisherThe British Psychological Society
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2019


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