In this chapter we’ll cover some typical questions that might come up during your viva and how you might approach answering them. Although, as I have stated several times, it is not possible to predict the questions that you will be asked during your viva, there are some areas of questioning which arise in almost every viva. Trafford (2003) observed a number of vivas and recorded examiners’ questions, concluding that patterns of generic questions can be discerned and that these transcend disciplines. In this chapter I have attempted, based on my own experience, to construct a list of question areas. The majority of this chapter is devoted to discussing those possible question areas, the sort of questions that might arise in those areas, and how you might respond to them.
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