Preparing for the viva (Faculty of Arts)
Duration 2 hours
Team Researcher Academy

This hybrid course is run by the Researcher Academy as part of the Arts Researcher Skills Programme

Target Audience: this session is part of the Arts Researcher Skills Programme for late stage research students in the Faculty of Arts only
The course aims to demystify the viva process and support you in preparing for your own viva. It covers: the examination process and criteria; possible examination questions; how you might prepare for the viva. An external examiner and a recently viva'd student will share their experiences/advice and be available for Q & A.

This course will run in hybrid format: in person at the SSAGC and over Teams for researchers at a distance.

Aims/ Objectives:

This course will help you to develop the skills to be well prepared for the viva examination.

By the end of the course, you will have:
  • discussed the examination process
  • thought about the examination  process and criteria from the examiners' perspective
  • identified ways of preparing yourself for the viva
  • had opportunities to ask questions of an experienced external examiner and a recently viva'd student.
Process: 2 hour workshop with guest speakers and Q&A

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access seminar room on campus
Take part in group activities/ discussions
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/ or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Attend the course at a specific date and time


Booking Guidelines

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
 When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
University Park18 April 202418 April 20241:30pm - 3:30pm22