Preparing for the Final Year of Your PhD

5 June 2019 | Central London | 1000-1600

There’s so much to fit into to your final year and careful planning is essential. With clear guidance, individual exercises, and group discussion, this practical workshop helps you prepare for the last stages of your doctorate, including submission, the viva, and what happens next. Please note, there are separate workshops that go into much more detail on the viva and editing techniques.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the workshop you will have

  • A strategy for the successful completion of your thesis

  • More confidence in your ability to get through the final year

  • A clear idea of the skills you need to develop

About the Facilitator

Catherine Pope is an academic researcher and experienced 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.

Feedback from previous workshops:

  • “Unravelled mysteries about the last few months before and after submission”

  • “Essential workshop. Excellent and knowledgeable trainer. Should be compulsory. So glad I spotted it”

  • “This was excellent, one of the most useful doctoral researcher development workshops I have done”

  • “Fantastic! The material and topics were very helpful”

  • “All very useful – really enabled me to move forward with shaping my thesis”

  • “Fantastic. It was all helpful and useful”



Welcome, introductions & overview


Finishing Your Thesis

  • Setting limits
  • Establishing what's required
  • Working out what’s left to do


Editing Techniques

  • Structure
  • Content
  • Proofreading




Planning for Submission

  • Developing a schedule
  • Staying on track
  • Choosing examiners




Dealing with Obstacles

  • Lack of motivation
  • Mental/physical health problems
  • Work/family commitments


The Viva

  • Purpose & format
  • Possible outcomes
  • Preparation plan




What Happens Next

  • Corrections
  • Applying for jobs
  • Getting published


Next Steps; Q&A

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.