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Demystifying the Doctoral Viva Dr Murray Clark Dr Keith Fildes 10 December 2014 Dr Nicola Palmer Viva Uncertainties  Can vivas really last longer than 3 hours?  Do I need to memorise my thesis?  Will the examiners try and trip me up with questions about minutiae?  Could it harm my chances if my examiner and supervisor don’t get on?  What if I’ve not addressed something the examiner thinks is crucial?  Can I fail my viva and what happens then?  Other fears/questions you would like answering by the end? Demystifying the Doctoral Viva This session will cover  The purposes and process of the viva  How to prepare  What to expect and etiquette  The outcomes Structure of the session  Viva scenarios  Experience from the room  Q&A  Mock viva questions Demystifying the Doctoral Viva Viva Scenarios Film can be viewed at: http://shuplayer.shu.ac.uk/portal/vod_title_information;"vodItem":"Good_Viva_Video" SHU login required Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  2 parts to a doctorate - thesis and viva voce ('with living voice') - oral defence  Satisfied criteria for the university to award the qualification, and that it has been written by you (cf plagiarised - check that you have a depth of understand)  St Peter/Pearly Gates moment - entry into 'the academy' Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  Opportunity to showcase and discuss with important people from your field - raises profile (external will become aware of it and may even reference it in their work), advice on publications etc.  Conversation with an internal (non-specialist) and external (specialist) examiner. External will tend to lead (interest in academic aspects), while the internal is more a moderator (internal regulations applied and criteria met)  An independent chair to check on process and ensure fairness is now compulsory at SHU  Questions on purpose and process? Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  Discuss choice of examiners early and bear in mind during the final year (due referencing their work and particular areas of interest etc.; find their thesis on Ethos)  What do you want out of examiners - a big name for your career, close subject knowledge, or possible easier ride (someone more junior)?  Issues with Oxbridge examiners if not used to that culture  Read the key bits of the institutional regulations: https://students.shu.ac.uk/regulations/research/PhD%20and%20MPhil%20Regulations.pdf Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  Re-read (list typos, surprised by the quality/that you knew so much)  Check internally consistent and become aware of strengths to highlight and weaknesses to prepare defence for  Mock viva (upgrade + one with supervisor c.3 months before)  Bring a version with key parts bookmarked + a 1-2 side crib sheet of key themes  Prepare a short introductory summary (in head, not written) - your 'journey'  Questions on preparation? Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  45 minutes to 3+ hours. 1.5-2hrs is probably average  May or may not be told whether you have passed at start (end is more common)  To be challenged, but not with hostility  General questions wanting to understand your decisions - of research questions, methodology, conceptual framework etc.  Specific questions seeking clarification, probing weaker parts, or the breadth of your reading Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  Disciplinary differences (sciences - data, AHSS - interpretations)  Answers should be informed but succinct. Take time to think them through and compose them  Confident in decisions and arguments, but don't be defensive. Admit when don't know/haven't thought about something, or when you don't understand the question or want clarification.  For weaknesses - reference to realistic parameters of your study within the timeframe is acceptable, but acknowledge important area that could be explored more at a later time  Questions on what to expect and etiquette? Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  No corrections, minor corrections (4 months), re-examination/major corrections (12 months and possible re-viva), fail (MPhil). Vast majority get minor corrections  Internal examiner signs off corrections (external with majors)  Questions on outcomes? Demystifying the Doctoral Viva  Experiences from the room Demystifying the Doctoral Viva Demystifying the Doctoral Viva Demystifying the Doctoral Viva Demystified?  Can vivas really last longer than 3 hours?  Do I need to memorise my thesis?  Will the examiners try and trip me up with questions about minutiae?  Could it harm my chances if my examiner and supervisor don’t get on?  What if I’ve not addressed something the examiner thinks is crucial?  Can I fail my viva and what happens then?  Other fears/questions raised Demystifying the Doctoral Viva