In the UK, the Viva, or thesis defence, is typically conducted by two examiners, and occasionally it is attended by an additional third person who acts as an independent chair who ensures the examination is conducted within the policies and regulations of the institution. The two examiners are usually an external examiner from another institution and an internal examiner from your own institution. Both are chosen because they have expert knowledge about the topic of your thesis. Based on this, and to provide you with an authentic experience, our Mock-Viva will therefore consist of two persons acting as examiners, with a third person to act as the independent chair to allow the two examiners focused attention on your examination. This third person will not speak. Rather, they will listen and take notes.
The PhD and DBA are examined from differing angles. In the PhD the student typically identifies a research gap in the existing body of knowledge (the literature), or alternatively might choose to problematize an existing field of study. The PhD is based on a study designed and conducted to come out with findings that advance the knowledge in the field of the study. This is called the contribution. It is important in the discussions that a reference is made with the literature in discussing the findings. In doing so, highlighting the contribution to the existing body of knowledge.
With a DBA the student identifies an organisational problem, going through the same processes. But unlike at the PhD the purpose is not to advance the knowledge in the field of the study, but instead to advance on the organizational knowledge. The study findings and contributions should also be actionable, and allow the organization to take actions.
It is the full research process and findings that are examined in the Viva. The Viva should be embraced as the opportunity to showcase your research rather than be feared. After all, you are the expert on your thesis content.
At DoctorateHub we can support you through providing a mock Viva to prepare you, highlighting areas that the examiners may focus on and allow you to test run your responses.
Before the Mock Viva, a document on the Viva procedure, including a list of typical questions, will be provided as part of the preparation.
Subsequent to the Mock Viva you will be receiving a document with the areas examiners might focus on, strategies on how to defend any shortcomings identified, as well as tips on what still needs to be developed further (expressions, reasoning, behaviour, argumentation styles, defence and buy-in techniques, etc).
Upon request, we also can record the Mock Viva for you to review later.
In order for this Mock Viva process to be effective, it is recommended using this service only after submitting your thesis and your examiners have been nominated. Knowing the examiners profile is a very important part of the Viva preparation. You will be asked to share their names together with a copy of the submitted thesis Full in either Microsoft word, or Open Document format.
The standard turnaround time for a Mock Viva is 15 working days (3 weeks) and charged at €1.500,- net. Special conditions apply for those who used our services before since we will know their thesis already. Depending on how much of our services you have used before, the fee for the mock viva could start from €500,- net. Full exact details will be provided when you contacted us.
In case you wish to undertake a Mock Viva Contact us so to find a suitable date for your Mock Viva.