Lots of candidates tell me they want a short, quick viva, all done as soon as possible. I can understand where they might be coming from, but don’t think that particular wish helps…
- Generally, the PhD isn’t a quick process. It takes time to do the amount of research needed for a doctorate.
- Generally, preparing for the viva isn’t a quick task. To be ready, you can’t just skim your thesis and hope for the best.
- Generally, your viva may not be a quick event. It probably won’t rush by, but it won’t be too long either – not compared to everything that’s come before.
Not so fast, OK? Don’t try to rush. Go slow.