The final hurdle: preparation for the PhD viva examination

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Abstract

The viva examination is the culmination of the PhD process. However, it is important to prepare carefully for this final and important hurdle. In this paper, Barbara Jack looks at the different stages of the viva examination, which include undertaking a careful and systematic preparation. This preparation involves gaining a comprehensive awareness of the university procedure for the viva, researching examiners, and considering the value of having a mock viva. The paper explores the actual viva and makes suggestions to deal effectively with questioning from the examiners. Finally, the results of the viva and steps needed to address corrections are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-76
JournalNurse researcher
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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