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.
|Title of host publication||A Guide for Psychology Postgraduates|
|Subtitle of host publication||Surviving Postgraduate Study|
|Editors||Holly Walton, Maria Raisa Jessica (Ryc) Aquino, Catherine V. Talbot, Claire Melia|
|Publisher||The British Psychological Society|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Jan 2019|
Aquino, M. R. J. R., & Wilson, C. (2019). ‘Congratulations, Dr!’: surviving and thriving in your viva. In H. Walton, M. R. J. R. Aquino, C. V. Talbot, & C. Melia (Eds.), A Guide for Psychology Postgraduates: Surviving Postgraduate Study (2nd ed., pp. 76-80). The British Psychological Society. http://www.psypag.co.uk/psypag-guide/