The May Doctoral College Symposium ‘You and your Viva Voce Examination’

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May 9th - 11am - 4pm – The May Doctoral College Symposium ‘You and your Viva Voce Examination’

This Doctoral College Symposium will focus on understanding the viva voce examination. The sessions throughout the day will explore all of the what, ifs and maybes of the viva experience. We will explore what you need to think about from the start of the doctoral process and take you through to what a typical viva is like. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a viva hot seat session - where you can experience the types of questions that might be asked in a viva voce examination.


Sessions 1 Surviving the viva

Presenting about research and how this has translated into the thesis submitted for examination. The discussions will focus on challenges faced along the way, how these were overcome and tips about successfully negotiating write up

Session 2 What is a viva?

This session considers the viva voce examination and how this is underpinned by the University of Wolverhampton Research Regulations (2014). This session will consider the purpose of the viva and good viva practice

Session 3 The thesis submission

All you need to know about submitting your thesis, from page set up to, through to binding and submission paperwork.

Lunch with Viewing of the Good Viva Video

Session 4 It’s never too early

It is never too early to start working towards you viva. Here discuss what you can be doing now in preparation for the big day.

Session 5: The viva hot seat

These two sessions will develop vital preparation skills for Viva Voces, offer hints and tips, and include an open discussion on what does and doesn't work. You will have the opportunity to engage in mock vivas, and so build confidence and gain knowledge in preparation for the real thing

Please note that this session will be live streamed via Periscope @WLV_DoctoralCol

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