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Webinar: Demystifying and Preparing for the Doctoral Viva

This will be an interactive Zoom session with information provided through presentation and handouts, interspersed with opportunities to ask questions and engaged in activities to develop your skills useful in the viva, whiling enabling networking with peers.

Aimed at

Doctoral Researchers (mid stage, final stage)


  • Please watch the Good VIVA video - direct link:


    View via BlackBoard Learn: Communities > GRADUATE SCHOOL – RESOURCES > Researcher Development Programme > Video Resources > The Good Viva Video

Joining instructions

Zoom link will be emailed to you

Key learning outcomes

This session will cover:

  • Dispelling common myths
  • The purposes of the viva
  • Advance preparation in relation to criteria used (what examiners are looking for)
  • How the process works
  • Roles and Responsibilities (what to expect of examiners & chairs and what they expect of you)
  • Types of questions and their purposes
  • What happens after the questioning
  • Potential outcomes & how to deal with them
  • Practical issues
  • Planning for success

Presented by

Professor Emerita Pam Denicolo, University of Reading

Session outline and aims

This session will be led by a Trainer and interactive discussions are encouraged between the participants and the Trainer at appropriate times.

Specific skills focused on in this session

Achieving your doctorate

Health and Safety and general notice

Participants will be viewing presentations projected onto a SMART Board screen. Participants may be required to work in pairs. Refreshments may be available at the venue.

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to do your research and career

Skills needed to disseminate your research

Skills needed to develop your research and career

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

Develops skills relevant to the following domains of the RDF:

This workshop is provided by

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Email address Telephone number 01895 265935