The viva is an ending but also sparks questions about where your research could go next.
- What could someone do with your work, now that your thesis is finished?
- What would be the next steps for your research if you had the option to continue?
- What new ideas did you not have the space to explore during your PhD?
At the viva there’s no expectation that you will continue in research after your PhD, but it’s reasonable for your examiners to ask you what those next steps might be. It’s important for you to take a little time to consider them before your viva.