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The viva experience – how was it for you?

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The viva experience – how was it for you?

The viva experience – how was it for you?February 2, 2015 by Terry Tudor · No Comments · Teaching and LearningOne of the ‘rites of passage’ for postgraduate research students is the viva. The day when after all of your years of hard work, you finally get your few hours to be centre stage. For some its a joy, but for most perhaps a terrifying experience. From a personal experience, before hand it was certainly a mix of emotions including, uncertainity, trepidation and excitement. And the time went by the initial nerves calmed and things settled.It is the one time of your life as a researcher, that you get to talk to someone else apart from your supervisor (assuming that you do actually see and talk to them),  who is (vaguely) interested in what you have done and has (hopefully) read your work. Therefore it should be an enjoyable few hours. Formats vary (for example, students sometimes do presentations at the start), but there will be…