Viva Survivors

One of the most important and most sensitive stages, for me, in my studies for the PhD was defending the dissertation (the Viva). This stage that occurs at the end of the study, which is an obsession that was hidden in my mind throughout the preparation of the study and after completion of delivery and await for the test.

I can say after completing this sensitive stage successfully, that I am very happy where it’s really  was worrying and I couldn’t pass it without excellent planning and hard work; Now, I am very glad that I have prepared well  and didn’t waste my time and I passed the Viva  successfully. I would love to share my thoughts which may help who has not yet reached this phase. Continue reading Viva Survivors

Seeing the PhD viva from the other side (the good side)

Throughout the course of my PhD the viva stayed in the back of my mind as being something that sounded vaguely scary, but that by the time I did it I would completely ready for. Because, of course, when I had spent three years or more studying full time I would surely know everything there was to know. After all, aren’t you supposed to (briefly) become the world’s foremost expert on your topic?

Three years and five weeks in, I submitted my thesis. Suddenly, the viva loomed. No longer a vaguely scary event located somewhere in the future when I would be ready for it, it was now set to take place precisely six weeks and two days later.

Continue reading Seeing the PhD viva from the other side (the good side)