Getting a PhD: Preparing for your viva
Well, I got to work finding out as much as I could to equip myself for the viva. I sorted out the logistics by asking around - my supervisor, colleagues, and useful websites. I got tips on how to: - get set for the viva.
- create a thesis defence checklist.
- think through potential viva questions (here and here).
- find out about others' viva experiences.
Finally, like all endeavours in life, confidence is key, so I constantly reminded myself that I knew my stuff – I did most of the experiments myself, read the papers, wrote the entire thesis, and was aware of the research's context. In the end, the viva went okay; I defended on the 24th of November 2016. I could have done better, but could have done much worse as well. Both internal and external examiners were really awesome. I passed with minor corrections (4 weeks to submit the corrected thesis). Relief!