In the UK, the Viva, is typically conducted by at least two examiners and a chair. The examiners are usually an external examiner from another institution and an internal examiner from your own institution. Both are chosen because they have expert knowledge about the topic of your thesis. There is also an independent chair who will ensure that the examination is conducted within the policies and regulations of that institution. Based on this, and to provide you with an authentic experience, our Mock Viva will therefore consists of three persons, two acting as examiner and one acting as independent chair.
The PhD and DBA are examined from differing angles. In the PhD the student identifies a research gap in the existing body of knowledge (the literature). Based on that a study is designed and conducted to come out with findings to fill that identified gap. This is called the contribution. It is important in the discussions that a reference is made with the literature in discussing the findings. In doing so, highlighting the contribution to the existing body of knowledge.
With a DBA the student identifies an organisational problem, going through the same processes. The study findings and contributions should be actionable knowledge and linked with your literature review.
It is the full research process and findings that are examined in the Viva. The Viva, or thesis defence, should be embraced as the opportunity to showcase your research rather than be feared. After all, you are the expert on your thesis content. We can support you through providing a Mock Viva to prepare you, highlighting areas that the examiners may focus on and allow you to test run your responses.
A list of typical questions as well as specific to your thesis will be provided as part of the preparation.
The Mock Viva can be part of our coaching and mentoring services or stand alone. We will know the thesis from those who used already our coaching and mentoring services, and thus can offer a discounted Mock Viva rate for €500,-. For those works that are new to us the Mock Viva rate is €1500,-. All invoices must be paid in full prior to service/s being delivered. Our prices are charged under Portuguese fiscal law and in Euros and where applicable, a 23% VAT is added. Payment fees may apply depending on method of payment chosen. Payment fees are the responsibility of the payer.
Subsequent to the Mock Viva you will be receiving TWO commented sets of your thesis from the two examiners, as well as a document with the suggested improvements of your written work, as well as tips on what still needs to be trained (expressions, reasoning, behaviour, argumentation styles, defence and buy in techniques, etc.). Upon request we also can record the Mock Viva so for you to review it later.
In case you wish to undertake a Mock Viva Contact us so to find a suitable date for your Mock Viva.