Graduate School

Be a viva survivor

Many new research students start their studies at the same time as others, but all research students complete their doctoral vivas at different times. Some have already started in new jobs or are located far from Nottingham. Students can be left feeling extremely time constrained and isolated from a common experience.

This means that providing appropriate and accessible support for students about to undertake their viva is both important and logistically challenging.

This webpage brings together details of the extensive range of viva support for students. Some provision is of the traditional workshop style, other, such as the YouTube and iTunes U Examiner FAQS, is web-based.

Click the picture on the right to visit The University of Nottingham iTunes U page.

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Two externally produced videos are available as part of the Preparing for your Viva online course.

To access this course and the Viva videos, self-enrol on this course in Moodle. 

You will require a University login to access this course.

The Graduate School's YouTube Channel has over 60 FAQ videos featuring senior academic staff at the University. These videos are also available via iTunes U.

The videos offer a wealth of insights, including advice for the panicking and common concerns.

You can access face-to-face and online viva courses via The University of Nottingham short courses website.




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