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The PhD Viva

How to Prepare for Your Oral Examination

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 184
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Macmillan Research Skills

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16 October 2014

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This indispensable book helps PhD candidates to understand the viva process and to prepare and present their work in the best possible manner. With concrete guidance, examples and activities throughout, it covers everything...

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This indispensable book helps PhD candidates to understand the viva process and to prepare and present their work in the best possible manner. With concrete guidance, examples and activities throughout, it covers everything from the constitution of the PhD viva panel and how to prepare as the event draws closer to typical questions and how to answer them. Chapters are enriched with authentic case studies and insights from successful PhD graduates.

This text is suitable for PhD and other doctoral degree students across all disciplines, and helpful to supervisors and examiners.

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  • Contains a unique case studies chapter which brings the viva to life by incorporating the real-life experiences of recent PhD researchers
  • Includes a chapter which draws on real student examinations to recreate the viva experience and provide readers with an idea of what to expect from it
  • Gives readers numerous examples, activities and practical tips to help them plan and prepare for the viva
  • Based on the author's own experiences as supervisor, examiner and chair of over a hundred vivas across a range of disciplines, both in the UK and internationally

1. Introduction
2. The PhD Viva
3. The Examination Panel
4. Preparing for Your Viva
5. Typical Questions and How to Answer them
6. The Viva Itself
7. The Outcome
8. Case Studies
9. Summary and the Future
References, Further Reading and Web-Based Resources.

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Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of the University of Sunderland, UK, having held several teaching, research and management positions at the University. He has examined or supervised over 100 doctoral candidates in a range of subjects at Universities in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Spain. He is co-author of The Professional Doctorate.

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Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of the University of Sunderland, UK, having held several teaching, research and management positions at the University. He has examined or supervised over 100 doctoral candidates in a range of subjects at Universities in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Spain. He is co-author of The Professional Doctorate.

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