In principle you can invite your supervisor to your viva. It’s up to you, there are plenty of benefits.
- You could show them what you know and what you can do.
- They could make notes on your behalf and give them to you afterwards. A good record of the discussion in the viva could be valuable.
- You could feel supported: you could feel better that there is someone in your corner.
These are all possible benefits from your supervisor being at your viva – but you still might not want them there. It might feel too uncomfortable. The idea of it might make you nervous.
It’s not a bad idea to have them present but it might not be a good idea for you.
Say yes if you need some of the benefits. Say no if you need that space for yourself.