It sits, a neon blaze on the distant horizon, alone in a desert of scorched neurones, the gamblers’ paradise on which you stake the last four years. You need a strong heart and nerves of steel as you roll the dice one last time, as there’s a fortune (well, a thesis) to be won or… Continue Reading →
The viva can bring out our worst doubts about our PhD dissertations and about ourselves, making us question the worth of our work and ourselves as researchers. Jenny Mak offers some responses to ease these worries in a constructive way.
At this time of academic year, many doctoral researchers in their first year of study are preparing for upgrade review. As a second year PhD student (one that survived the upgrade process!) Sophie has provided some tips to help you best prepare for your upgrade and take the next step in your PhD.
Wondering what your PhD viva might be like? Last week Salma described some of her preparations and the first part of her viva exam. Read on to find out what happened next… I was asked a few more questions and I glanced at the time and we had gone pass 12 noon and realised my… Continue Reading →
Curious about viva? We certainly are, and our amazing contributor Salma offered to share her recent experience. So, take a deep breath or two, and check out the first part of her story…
Last week I finally had my PhD viva which I passed successfully (no corrections). It marks the end to the most intensive period in my professional career thus far. The weeks before this very special type of final examination in British academia have been quite stressful, as I tried to prepare myself the best I could –… Continue Reading →
It’s true, call me weird but it is true. I honestly didn’t think I could admit this, but here I am – hand on heart – stating for the record that I enjoyed my viva. I wouldn’t say I knew I was my viva experience was going to be that positive. After the experiencing the mock viva… Continue Reading →
All PhD students have to do an upgrade review. Read below for blogger Ellie’s top tips for your upgrade success.
There’s plenty we don’t know heading into a PhD, and still lots we don’t know once it’s done. But there are some things which, with hindsight, would have been reassuring to know in advance… By Pierre Botcherby
4 years of thesis work eventually ends. There are several end points, though, some of which were evoked in a previous piece about life between submission and viva. The run-up to submission similarly includes several end points, like the final individual chapter draft sent to supervisors or sending the full draft for their delectation. And,… Continue Reading →