This chapter presents a series of ten case studies of students and their viva experiences. These have been drawn from real students with whom I have had personal involvement, as their supervisor, examiner or the Chair of their examination. In all cases the students have agreed to their narrative accounts being included. The case studies first present a brief background to the student. The candidate then relates, in their own words, how they prepared for the viva, how the viva experience was for them, the nature of the questions that they were asked, the questioning process and the outcome. Where there was a need for revisions to the thesis, these are also discussed.
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