Dr Mike J Smith
How to do well in a PhD viva
After a brief chat this week with a student about an upcoming viva I thought I would list some of the useful pieces of advice from my own viva (thanks to Ian Evans for a pleasant experience!) and some recent students:
Im sure there are others so feel free to add to them.
- be honest
- its a 2-way conversation. Talk about your work
- its better without your supervisor. It also means that if theyve made a bad project decision you can happily blame them!
- its quite nice at the beginning of discussing each chapter to actually point out any mistakes you've spotted
- make sure you references are totally spot on