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Book A Mock-Viva To Maximise Your Chances Of Success

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Work with a world-renowned PhD examiner
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Be fully prepared and confident for the big day

Learn what to expect, what you’ll be asked, and where to improve with an expert led mock-viva.

 

Are you coming up to your PhD viva (oral) exam? Are you nervous about what you’re going to be asked and how confident you’ll be in your responses? Would you like a practice run, so you can go into your viva fully prepared and brimming with confidence? 

We can help.

We’ve partnered with Professor Peter Smith, a world-renowned PhD examiner and supervisor and author of Palgrave’s The PhD Viva to offer this unique service. 

He’ll read your thesis and then put you through your paces on a 90 minute Zoom call. It’ll be as realistic as possible, and he’ll put you under the same kind of pressure that your examiners or committee will during the real viva. He’ll then offer guidance on how to improve and how to be fully viva-ready. 

The result? You’ll go into your viva as prepared as possible, and you’ll have a significant advantage, maximising your chances of success.

You won’t find this kind of service anywhere else  

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Just one 90-Minute Zoom viva session and email aftercare is all it takes
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We'll read your thesis just like your examiners
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Send your thesis a week in advance, and Prof. Smith will come prepared with questions and talking points.
We'll put you through your paces and show you what it's like to think on your feet.
We'll offer tips on how to improve, which could make the difference between passing and failing.

Testimonial:

 I want thank you for the mock viva service you provided.  This was amazing service. Especially as Peter had to read and more than get the gist of my 90,000 word qualitative thesis in an incredibly short space of time in order to make the mock viva meaningful and useful.

Peter put me at my ease, asked insightful, relevant questions – including one that really tested my ability to think on the spot, as I needed to work through to get right. I felt that this was a true demonstration of his academic ability to absorb the core parts of my thesis in very little time. 

I truly appreciate the kindness which you wished me well and enquired as to how I got on. Thank you.

It was having to go through the process, think on my feet, with someone I didn’t know that made it as close to the real thing as it could possibly be.  I am sure this contributed to my being better able to respond coherently on the day, as the process wasn’t new to me and I wasn’t as nervous as I would have been. Peter’s experience in examining PhD students defending their viva was clearly visible.

 

Dr. Heather Maggs – University of Reading

 

A practice run for your viva to help you brim with confidence

PhD mock viva

Any subject, any discipline

Professor Peter Smith, who will run your mock-viva, has supervised and examined hundreds of theses from dozens of subjects and disciplines. He has extensive experience of over 100 oral examinations and has authored the acclaimed textbook The PhD Viva (published by Palgrave). Peter is an experienced academic and has been a Professor for over 30 years.

A unique service, and the best way to prepare

What better way to prepare for the viva than have a practice run? You’ll become familiar with the most common questions, you’ll practice thinking on your feet, and you’ll be put under pressure. The result? In the real viva, you’ll already be a pro. 

PhD mock viva
PhD mock viva

Email support and aftercare

After the mock-viva, Professor Smith will give you advice on how to improve and what areas you need to focus on. That may make the difference between getting major corrections and no corrections. We’ll then keep in touch so we can help you and support you as your viva draws near. 

 

About Your Mock-Viva Examiner

PhD mock viva

Professor Peter Smith – Emeritus Professor of University of Sunderland.

 

Your mock-viva will be led by Professor Peter Smith and will be based upon his extensive experience of over 100 oral examinations and his textbook The PhD Viva (published by Palgrave). Peter is an experienced academic and has been a Professor for over 30 years.

He has written 300+ papers and books (68 journal papers, 6 books, 39 book chapters and 189 conference papers). Peter is also an experienced supervisor having successfully supervised 60+ PhD and professional doctorate students and examined a further 50+ PhD students all over the world. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).

Professor Peter Smith is a Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Institution of Analysts and Programmers and the Association for Project Management. 

“I found the mock viva of immense value in preparing me for what’s ahead in terms of the actual examination. Had a really great discussion with Prof. Smith today. Sincerely appreciated.”

Effiong Henshaw – University of Leeds

 

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What’s included?

– Professor Smith will read through of your thesis

– You and Professor Smith will jump on a 90 minute Zoom call for your mock-viva

– You’ll receive tips and advice on how to improve and maximise your chances of passing first time.

To get started, say hello…

Once we receive your inquiry, we’ll get in touch and invite you to share your thesis and any questions you have. There’s no commitment at this stage.