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The Viva and Beyond

What this Chapter Includes:

  • What happens after submission?
  • How to prepare for the viva
  • A brief look at the thesis examination
  • An outline of the possible outcomes
  • Tips for what to do in the post-viva stage
  • Looking beyond the doctorate to getting a job
  • Thinking about your career in tandem with writing up

You have submitted – now what?

After the thesis has been submitted there is an expectant period of waiting for the viva date. This can be filled with a mixture of either sheer relief, ...

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