Preparing for the VIVA with Professor Rowena Murray (Online)

Date(s) - 08/07/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


This online workshop covers definitions, purposes, criteria, examiners’ reports, roles and responsibilities, ‘originality’, outcomes and appeals. Two key topics we will look at in more depth are (1) the types of questions that regularly come up in PhD vivas and (2) strategies for answering them. This workshop will include short activities for practising these strategies and time to consider their relevance for different vivas. Finally, I will address participants’ questions about the viva during the workshop, and I will be available after the workshop to discuss by email/Skype any questions that are not answered during this workshop.

For further information:

Murray, R. (2015) How to Survive Your Viva: Defending a Thesis in an Oral Examination, 3rd edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.

About Rowena

Rowena Murray graduated with MA (Hons) from Glasgow University and PhD (with Distinction) from Pennsylvania State University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Professor of Education, Director of Research, in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Her teaching and research focus on academic writing, the subject of her journal articles and books, includingHow to Write a ThesisWriting for Academic Journals and The Handbook of Academic Writing(co-authored with Sarah Moore). Her research has been funded by Nuffield Foundation and British Academy.

How to Apply

Places are limited and will only be allocated if you are able to participate in the full workshop. If you would like to apply, please email by no later than Wednesday 10th June and include a brief paragraph detailing why you wish to be considered for a place and how it will benefit you at this stage. Please note that we cannot consider your registration unless this information is provided and you will be notified if you have been allocated a place after the 10th June.