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Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development

Postgraduate Training Programme

The Durham Doctoral Training Programme consists of an induction day followed by a series of courses and developmental opportunities spread throughout the year. Below we list upcoming courses in the programme. To book on any of these courses, click on the link which will take you to the appropriate page in the Training Booking System. This list of courses is updated daily.

Upcoming courses

GD406: Preparing For Your Viva - 22 May 2015 10:00

Course information
Course codeGD406
Course titlePreparing For Your Viva

Since the doctorate was first introduced in the 12th century, the final examination has been oral, i.e. a viva. The purpose or aim of this workshop is to help you to prepare for your viva. It will seek to address the key questions of:

  • why is the doctorate examined by a viva?
  • what happens before, during, and after the viva?
  • what do examiners look for in the viva?
  • how can I plan for my viva?
  • how can I go about preparing for my viva?

In terms of process, the workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations and group work and will include the use of video materials. By the end of this session you should be more aware of the purposes and procedures and what examiners are looking for in the viva. This will enable you to plan and prepare for your own viva.

Tutor(s)Robert Matthew (contact course provider)
Free places35
Booking policyNo booking policy description is available for this course provider.
Course sessions
RoomDateStart timeEnd time
Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's, Durham22 May 201510:0012:30

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