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Thesis Development

Mock Viva

Experience the Viva as authentic as it can get and receive feedback as the Mock Viva progresses.

At the DoctorateHub we can support you in your Viva preparation, be it through our free self-study ´Viva Preparation´ course, our Mock-Viva or through on-demand written feedback and video-orientation calls.

Self-study Viva Preparation course with peer support and moderation

The free Self-study Viva Preparation course will prepare doctoral students for their final Viva. The course will allow you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your work, and to prepare to discuss both. Through the course you will engage in critical reflections and familiarize yourself on how to interpret and respond to questioning and critics within an academic discourse.

The Viva Preparation course will cover the various areas that are to be expected in the Viva including scene setting and introduction of your research, the literature review, the methodology, the data collection and findings, the analysis and evaluation, the presentation of the results, and up to the actionability of the research and why it mattered. The course closes with a final elevator pitch style presentation of the research project so to demonstrate and apply the learnings from the previous tasks.

Mock Viva

At the DoctorateHub we can support you through providing a Mock Viva to prepare for the real Viva day, highlighting areas that the examiners may focus on and allow you to test run your responses. The Mock Viva will be run by two senior academics with comprehensive experience so to provide you with an authentic Viva experience.

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). You will also be provided with a videorecording of 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 once 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 in either Microsoft word, or Open Document format.

The standard turnaround time for a Mock Viva is approximately 15 working days (3 weeks).

On-demand Support

We can provide you with guidance through written feedback and video-orientation calls, as well as through a short term Coaching & Mentoring support.

Each on-demand interaction has a fee of one Brain Coin (BC) and a one-month short term Coaching & Mentoring support has a fee of twelve Brain Coins. Brain Coins are a currency used at the DoctorateHub to book on-demand services in a flexible way.

Select your preferred Viva Preparation format

Choose the Viva preparation format that suits you best.

Use Brain Coins for on-demand support

Brain Coins (BCs) are a currency used at the DoctorateHub to pay for on-demand services in a flexible way. You can purchase BCs at a discount and use them across the system in the combination it suits you best. BCs are valid for 12 months after the first BC has been spent.


Self-study with peer support. We provide the structure, you focus on your thesis research.

Ideal for those who prefer to advance on their own schedule or who are on a budget.

  • - Tested Curriculum.
  • - Dedicated Course space to connect with peers that also prepare for their Viva.
  • - Community peer supported.
  • - No time pressure.

Duration: “As long as it takes you“

Learning at your own pace, in your own time.

No tuition fee.

Mock Viva

Get a Mock Viva carried out by two dedicated DoctorateHub mentors.

Ideal for those who want a real Viva experience prior to having their actual Viva.

The Mock Viva includes:

  • (1) a Mock Viva via video-conference with two DoctorateHub mentors.
  • (2) a follow-up report which summarises feedback and recommendations.
  • (3) Follow-up Q&A via email as required by you.

Start: “Whenever you want“

For once you need it.

Mock Viva fee

On-demand Support

Get On-demand Support to provide you with clarity and guidance.

Ideal for those who have unpredictable agendas, or that just need some orientation.

  • - Directly contributing to your Viva preparation.
  • - Get written feedback, video-orientation calls, or a one-month Research Mentoring Support.
  • - Use your Brain Coins as you need them for each service.

Duration: “As long as it takes you“

Learn at your own pace and request on-demand feedback on your Viva Preparation, either written or via video-orientation calls.

125€ or less
per Brain Coin.

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Schedule video-orientation call

Good for: One video-orientation call to present and discuss your research and experience Viva style questioning and discussion.

1 BC

Get written orientation feedback

Good for: One-time written feedback on your Viva Preparation document (up to 2500 words) with written guidance on how to prepare for the Viva.

1 BC

Get one Research Mentoring month

Good for: One Research Mentoring month with written feedback and video-orientation calls.

12 BC

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What our Scholars say

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Sona L.

Thesis stage: PostDoc & Continued Training

I am going to graduate on 17th July 2020 and would like to reflect a bit on my DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) journey and incredible role the DoctorateHub played in it.  

Through the past years I have been a regular at the DoctorateHub and engaged in various services for my thesis development such as thesis review; informal community discussions during the webinars; conducting a Mock Viva; or reaching out to them with ad-hoc questions related to my studies. 

So it happened that after the proposal preparation I was matched with a professor outside of my university to be my primary supervisor. He was able to provide me with a number of recommendations and review draft of chapters. It became clear however after the second supervisor’s feedback that the first draft of the thesis needed to be considerably reviewed, else I would not have been able to pass through the stringent Viva examination. This is where I decided to approach the DoctorateHub to see if they could provide help. I have been attending some of the webinars, which were very insightful and instrumental in the further progress throughout the journey and clarified many of the research challenges. It was also an interesting exchange with fellow students that shared their own experiences at the Viva and various research stages.  

It was necessary though to have the thesis submitted within a very short period of time and taking into consideration substantial second supervisor’s feedback. I acknowledge that I needed help in turning around the thesis before the final submission. This is where the Full Thesis Review service came to rescue, followed by providing detailed feedback on the re-written thesis and the Mock Viva. In comparison to the ‘light tough'  feedback from my primary and secondary supervisors, the in depth feedback and discussion with the team at the DoctorateHub allowed me to re-construct a weak version of the initial draft thesis into a more professional and presentable version before the submission. 

I now can confidently say that I would not be able to make through the Viva without these two services. The DoctorateHub team was extremely helpful and thorough with their feedback and detailed suggestions during the thesis review and Mock Viva. The Mock Viva itself added a lot of confidence and helped with the strategies on how to answer difficult questions. I am very happy how I dealt with the questions at the real Viva, it was even complimented by the examiners and major part of it was due to the rehearsal with the Doctorate Hub. 

The DoctorateHub always delivered what was promised for the services, helped to be engaged at the webinars and stay persistent and motivated during the stages when I was almost about to quit. And I will continue to attend the Learning Cafe interactions organised by the DoctorateHub to continue the journey of a researcher-practitioner and perhaps inspire other DBA students and stay connected.

Dr. Sona L.

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