You may have heard of them, but they’re very rarely seen.
- A viva that is less than an hour.
- A viva that starts with the candidate being told they’ve passed.
- A candidate who finishes just over two years after they started their PhD.
- A viva where everything just slots into place, the candidate doesn’t have to check their thesis, is perfectly composed and responds to every question and query without hesitation.
These unicorn vivas happen, but they don’t happen a lot.
They sound like a dream, but the reality isn’t so bad: a good viva, a few hours and a few days of work to get things corrected afterwards. A confident candidate who can engage well with their examiners about a good thesis.
Leave the fairytales to one side. Prepare for a true story.