This chapter plays out an entire viva. The account is fictional, but draws from aspects of real student PhD examinations which I have attended. First, I simulate the preliminary stages of the viva, including the examiners’ private pre-meeting, highlighting the role of the preliminary reports. I then go on to simulate some possible situations that might arise during the viva and show how the candidate reacts to these. Finally, I will cover the post-viva private meeting of the examiners while they deliberate the outcome, and how that outcome is relayed to the candidate. I also include some mock documentation to illustrate the type of forms which the examiners are likely to complete for the university.
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