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VIVA: Preparing for your thesis examination and VIVA VOCE

"The end is where we start from". This workshop will help doctoral researchers to think about the end point, the completed thesis and the VIVA process, right from the outset of their research and studies. Participants will discuss how to ‘think like a researcher,’ handling issues at the frontiers of knowledge and address the questions: “How do I demonstrate doctorateness?” and “what are the characteristics of a good thesis?”    

Aimed at

Doctoral Researchers (early stage, mid stage, final stage)


  • Please watch the Good VIVA video at

Black Board Learn > Communities > GRADUATE SCHOOL – RESOURCES > Researcher Development Programme > Video Resources > The Good VIVA Video

  • You may wish to view, download and print the documents below (these were from our previous presenter, Professor Vernon Trafford):

Thesis and VIVA Preparation slides.pdf​​

Just before the viva conversation.pdf

Map your thesis.pdf​

Auditing and defending your thesis.pdf

Predictable Questions .pdf

Anatomy of the VIVA.pdf

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this session, students will be able to understand the VIVA process, the regulations and the possible outcomes. Students will be able to recall upon the necessary steps they should take in order to be well prepared, confident and to maintain a professional attitude.

Presented by

Dr Pam Alldred

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