Preparing for your viva (standalone online learning course)
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
Training Points 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target audience: late stage postgraduate research students (especially off campus)

This course is primarily aimed at those undertaking a doctoral viva within the next 6 months, although others may find it gives a useful insight into oral examinations. The course will be useful for students who would like to learn more about the viva process as well as how to prepare for the examination. 

For updated information and guidance around the PhD submission and viva process during the COVID-19 outbreak please see the following:

‚ÄčQuality Manual - Research Degree Programme - Assessments

COVID-19 Guidance for Researcher and Supervisors

University of Nottingham Coronavirus FAQs


This material gives the background information necessary in submitting a doctoral thesis, practical advice and guidance, tasks to help you consider the level of preparation you need, as well as information to help you prepare yourself for the specifics you may face in your Doctoral Viva Voce. Materials include video advice from experienced examiners from the University of Nottingham. These tasks are suitable for late-stage doctoral students only.

Aims/ Objectives:

This course is designed to advise you on appropriate practical preparation for the Viva Voce examination.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • locate relevant documents and information
  • understand the administrative requirements of the University
  • understand what a Viva Voce examination is for
  • have an insight into what happens on the day
  • understand how to set-up a mock viva


This is a standalone (self-study) online course. This course is delivered entirely online via Moodle and is self-study. You may access the course as often as you like until the end of the academic year. If you would like to gain Researcher Academy training point/s for this course you must complete the assessment tasks associated with it.

Completion of the assessment is optional for students based at our UK and Malaysia Campus'. Students based at our Ningbo China Campus are not required to complete the assessment. 

Researchers across all 3 campuses can self-enrol on this course in Moodle by following this link:

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The Researcher Academy currently offers a webinar version of this course called Preparing for the Viva (Webinar).

We do also offer a face to face version: 
Preparing for the Viva. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are not running face to face courses for the time being.

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.   


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