Preparing for your viva (standalone online learning course)

Title:Preparing for your viva (standalone online learning course)

Duration:0.5 days
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This course is delivered by the Graduate School


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.

To study this course you must have access to the internet.


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 Graduate School 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:


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.

Related Courses


The Graduate School also offer the face to face course Preparing for the Viva



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



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