Do you want to thrive in your doctoral research? Do you want to do more than just survive? If so this is the book for you. Focused on empowering the doctoral researcher, it is packed with advice on how to make the best of opportunities and enjoy your research experience while dealing with challenges. Whether you need to find sources of constructive feedback, are facing an unexpected disturbance to your project, or have ambitions beyond your academic goals, this book provides practical, flexible tips for conducting effective research and engaging with the complex world of academia, including how to: • Maintain momentum through each stage of the research process • Make the most of available resources, training, and support • Explore new technologies, networks, and dissemination strategies • Maximize the value of assessment • Use this project as a springboard into further research and career opportunities Acknowledging that every doctoral experience is unique, this book goes beyond a script for success and instead offers a full studio of flexible, creative tools and adaptable action points that equip you to compose your own distinctive story of research success.

What are the Criteria and How Can You Prepare to Do Well in the Final Assessment?

In this chapter, we will consider how to:

  • Get into the minds of doctoral examiners so that you can prepare and respond well to the criteria they use
  • Understand the criteria used when assessing the thesis
  • Provide an insight into the closed room and shed light onto its secrets, for those of you who will be facing a viva voce as part of your assessment system
  • Look forward to your accumulated accomplishments

We have chosen to preface this chapter with a salient reflection from a researcher.

Voice of Experience 8.1 Journey into the unknown

In my department, there seemed to be an implicit rule that the process of the viva was not spoken about: it ...

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