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How to do well in a PhD viva

Fri, 05 Sep 2008

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:

  • 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
Im sure there are others so feel free to add to them.

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