Viva Voce Examinations

Viva voce examinations are held for all PhD, EdD, DEdPsy, DClinPsy, DClin Res, DClin Prac and EngD candidates and are an opportunity for your examiners to meet you in person and question you further about your research and written thesis. 

Vivas are not normally held for MPhil and MbyRes candidates but one may be held if requested by either the student or examiners.

Your Internal Examiner will be responsible for arranging the viva voce examination which must be held within three months of the date that you submitted your thesis.  If you have not been contacted by your Internal Examiner within one month of submission you should contact your College.

Vivas are attended by the candidate, the board of examiners and, if appointed, a non-examining Independent Chair.  You may invite one of your Supervisors to attend.  They will be present as an observer only and may not take any active part in the proceedings except after the board of examiners has announced their recommendations when they may consult with the examiners to ensure that you both have a clear understanding of any corrections to be undertaken.

Please read the Handbook for Examination of Postgraduate Research programmes which sets out the regulations governing viva voce exams for further information. You will usually be informed of the outcome of your exam at the viva and informed of any corrections that may need to be made to your thesis.

If you are preparing for your viva why not access the Preparing for Your Viva module