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Researcher Development


Researcher Developer Christian Gilliam discusses the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences viva. We also recommend Dr Emma Cole's videos on the viva experience and how to prepare; she is a Classicist and her guest Dr Nathan Ryder has a STEM background. Click to view on YouTube.

AHSS: The Viva Examination

Preparing for the PhD Viva

The PhD Viva: Questions, Process & Outcome



The Guide to Conducting Vivas Online produced by the UK Council for Graduate Information provides helpful information for candidates as well as those conducting the viva.


Rowena Murray's highly recommended book How to Survive Your Viva is available for free as an eBook via the University.