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The Oral Examination
The Oral Examination

In this chapter we discuss the nature of the viva voce examination. We explore the ways in which your supervisors help you prepare for the viva, and the kind of preparation work you yourself can do. The chapter explains the normal structure of the viva, and the type of questions often asked. We also suggest various strategies for interacting with the examiners during the viva. Finally, we analyse the different possible results of the viva process.

Study Strategies
  • Talk to former research students about their vivas and the kind of questions which were asked.
  • Bear in mind, however, that no two vivas are the same!
The role of your supervisor

The viva voce or oral examination is the culmination of the process of ...

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