Preparing for Your Viva: Successful Strategies for Planning & Performance

Thursday 28 March | 1030 - 1700 | Central London

Have you submitted your thesis, or are you close to completion? This one-day workshop is designed to guide you through the process of preparing for your viva and giving your best possible performance on the day.

Through activities, discussion, and short training sessions, you’ll learn lots of techniques for successfully defending your thesis. We’ll also stage some mock vivas to get you used to the format in a supportive environment.

By the end of the session you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the purpose and format of a viva

  • Techniques for preparing your research material

  • Sample viva questions to practice

  • Experience of a mock viva

About the workshop facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope is an experienced coach and workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries.


10.00-10.30 Welcome & Introductions

10.30-11.00 What are you concerns about the viva?

11.00-11.30 What is a viva & how do I prepare?

11.30-11.45 TEA BREAK

11.45-13.00 Preparing for examiners’ questions

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-14.30 Mock Viva I

14.30-15.15 Answering Strategies

15.15-15.30 TEA BREAK

15.30-16.15 Mock Viva II

16.15-16.45 Performance Tips; Summary; Finish

Terms and conditions

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.