Other Resources

A selection of things I have either created or found that look useful for PhD candidates preparing for their viva.

My ebooks and books

I’ve written two ebooks about the PhD viva, and I’m happy to say that they have been reviewed quite well! People have told me that they have found them very helpful for their viva preparations. Perhaps you will too! You can find and buy both books from the Kindle Store and Payhip – and you can buy the first book in print, along with The Viva Prep Handbook, from here.

If you’ve read any of my books I would love to hear from you, so please drop me an email.

BundleCoverViva Stories and Advice

I have been bookmarking blog posts and articles about the viva for a long time – here are a selection that look really interesting. I find it fascinating that there is such a diversity of experiences, often underpinned by common themes and explorations.


There is a wealth of material on the viva and viva preparation out there on the internet. I’m very happy that the Viva Survivors Podcast has been seen to be so valuable since I launched it in June 2012. It came out of a workshop that I deliver called Viva Survivor; often on the workshop one of the common pieces of feedback I got was that it was great to hear my story as well as the advice or techniques I was trying to pass on. This got me thinking, and eventually lead to the podcast.

Many institutions offer similar training, but if you’re interested in having me come to your university and talk to you and your colleagues then please get in touch or pass my details on to your graduate school.

Now, over to you!

What other great articles, videos and resources are out there to help PhD candidates prepare for the viva? If you know of something that you think will be useful then please email me and I’ll take a look at it.

…and finally…

Remember, viva experiences and thesis examinations differ all over the world. The podcast is typically UK-centric. In Kashmir, PhD students have to provide a feast. Do you have to fight snakes as part of your viva? Rarely, but if you do then McSweeney’s has got you covered with the following article: FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense.

As seen on xkcd at http://xkcd.com/1403/ – think carefully!!! 😉