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Demystifying and preparing for the Doctoral Viva

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Dr Carolyn Jackson (Lancaster University) and Dr Penny Tinkler (University of Manchester)
This workshop examined the doctoral viva process and experience in order to help doctoral researchers consider how they can be better prepared for the viva. We were delighted to have Dr Carolyn Jackson from Lancaster University and Dr Penny Tinkler from the University of Manchester with us to facilitate  this session .Carolyn and Penny are the authors of the popular text,The Doctoral Examination Process: A Guide for Students, Examiners and Supervisors (SRHE/Open University Press).
‘Success’ in a doctoral viva is the product not only of writing a good thesis, but also of being well prepared for the viva.  The doctoral viva is, however, shrouded in mystery. How can doctoral candidates equip themselves to manage the challenges of the oral examination?  
The workshop aimed to demystify the viva and to offer practical strategies for success in the examination. Understanding the viva is crucial to a constructive viva experience. We therefore considered the range of purposes served by the viva and explored how the viva works. This was followed by reflection on how doctoral students might devise personalised ways of preparing effectively for the oral examination. 

Network: Newer Researchers
Date(s): Thursday, 13 May 2010
Times: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: SRHE
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Demystifying and preparing for the Doctoral Viva
Dr Carolyn Jackson (Lancaster University) and Dr Penny Tinkler (University of Manchester)
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