Unit 4: Completing your doctorate in a timely fashion

R48: Viva Hotseat

Every postgraduate researcher who comes to our viva session asks the same question - 'what questions will I be asked in my viva?' Although we can't tell you the specific questions that you will be asked about your thesis, there are some general areas in which these questions will fall. 

In this session we will consider the types of questions that you will be asked in you viva and offer you the chance to explore some of the general questions that may be asked of you.  Also for the brave, we offer an opportunity take the 'Hot Seat' and experience a mini mock viva.

This session is open to all research students.

Facilitator: Dr Debra Cureton, Doctoral College

 R8 Working towards your Viva, R62 Submitting your Thesis and R48 Viva Hot Seat are scheduled to run consecutively on the same days. To book use the Eventbrite link which will register you for all sessions, although you are at liberty to drop in and out of sessions as required. The times below refer to this session only.


Date Time Venue Booking 
Thursday 2nd November, 2023  12noon - 1pm Online Eventbrite Link
Monday 29th January, 2024 12noon - 1pm Online Eventbrite Link
Wednesday 6th March, 2024 4pm - 5pm Online Eventbrite Link
Tuesday 25th June, 2024 1pm -2pm Online Eventbrite Link


Vitae RDF descriptors addressed in this session are:

Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
This domain contains the knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

  • Knowledge base (A1)
  • Cognitive abilities (A2)

Personal effectiveness (B)
This domain contains the personal qualities, career and self-management skills required to take ownership for and control of professional development.

  • Professional and career development (B3)