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Dr. Andreas Meiszner

Viva Preparation – what to expect, how to prepare, and how to act in the Viva

Saturday, 5th December 2020 • Online

12:00 GMT • 12:00 UK time

Duration: 1h

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    The Viva is a make it or break it point. It is the ultimate hurdle between you and the finishing of your doctorate. 

    What are examiners looking for?, How do I understand the motivations around their questions?, and What could be a‘Plan B’ in case that things don’t go as expected? These are the types of questions all viva candidates have.

    And while a Viva fail happens on occasion, it is more likely to get out with either minor or major revisions. Depending on how the Viva went, a minor revision could take up the full 6 months allowed. Whereas a major revision could either correspond with another 6-month’s concerted work effort… or up to another 2 years of struggle(and potentially a slow, silent death of the doctorate journey).

    Therefore, in this next webinar the DoctorateHub will look in detail on how to handle feedback in the Viva, and how to ensure this will be as smooth-running and joyful experience as possible. After all, it is the only time the focus will be on you and your expertise in your subject.

    The webinar will take place at 12.00noon GMT/ UK time and we look forward to a lively discussion.

    To maximise the learning for participants, questions may be posted to the webinar discussion board after your registration. These will be addressed during the webinar.

Key Take-Aways

This webinar will assist doctoral students in:

  1. Understanding what the examiners are looking for?
  2. Understanding the motivations around their questions.
  3. Developing a‘Plan B’ in case that things don’t go as expected during the examination.

Dr. Andreas Meiszner

Since 2012, I have tutored, mentored and coached beyond 500 professional doctoral students (mid to seniors, aged 35 to 70) both with the University of Liverpool Management School’s Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program (UK), and since 2016 also with DoctorateHub. This allowed me to understand how to tackle problems at scale, be it the tame, the complex, or the wicked.

500+ students also implies 500+ workplace-based problems which I had the chance to look at. And while working with such an array of problems allows for quite some learningit also has shown to me that very often it is quite exhaustive for such grown up and seasoned research novices. In response to this, we thus decided to set up the DoctorateHub, so to provide training, mentoring, and coaching services to all those that struggle to get their workplace-based issues identified, analysed, understood, written up in a thesis, and ultimately resolved. 

I am also one of the DoctorateHub’s Co-founders with a particular focus on strategic development and building up of the various DoctorateHub support services that we provide. 

With this I am looking forward to work with you, wherever you are in your doctoral research journey.

Research methods and tools
Data collection techniques
Doctoral journey

This webinar is relevant to the following journey stage(s).

Viva Preparation
Post-Viva; Addressing Minor or Major Changes (eventually)
Re-submission (eventually)
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Viva Preparation – what to expect, how to prepare, and how to act in the Viva

Saturday, 5th December 2020

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