Thesis conclusions invite questions in the viva. Whatever the nature of concluding remarks, they can always lead to requests that go further or dig deeper.
- “What next?” or “What now?”
- “Are you sure?”
- “What else could you…?”
- “How else could one…?”
- “How do you know…?”
- “But what about…?”
If thesis conclusions were truly the end then vivas would probably be much shorter. There would simply be a lot less to discuss probably!
Instead, conclusions are a resting point. A pause. A clear mark that a destination has been reached, while also showing that there’s more to know or more to do.