Preparing for your viva

Although Schools try to give students a feel for what their viva will be like, it can still be one of the most stressful parts of the whole PhD process. Preparing properly for this examination is important in allowing a student to demonstrate their communication and research skills and do justice to the work that they have carried out during the years of research. 

There are face-to-face workshops or a Canvas course to help you prepare for your viva.  Your School or College may also have discipline-specific support, including mock vivas or viva preparation workshops. For more information speak to your School.


By the end of the course you will:

  • have a clear idea of the structure of a viva
  • understand what examiners will be looking for from the viva
  • understand what you need to do in preparation for the viva


These courses are aimed at postgraduate researchers who have submitted, or are about to submit, their thesis.

Course details

Workshops will be held in the Seminar Room in Westmere House on the following dates.  Please click the link on your preferred date to book your place.

Please note: all our workshops are subject to a minimum registration requirement. If this is not met the workshop will be cancelled and you will be offered a place on an alternate date where available.

Postgraduate researchers with disabilities

Please contact us if you have any support requirements resulting from a physical, sensory or hidden disability, mental health or a specific learning difficulty. We would be happy to provide assistance to ensure your time with the University Graduate School is enjoyable.

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