40 practice questions for viva preparation

NDPH Student Blog

Impending viva? Want to get ahead with a bit of question-answer practice? While every viva is different and most questions will be specific to your project, below is a list of generic questions that your examiners might ask about how your thesis developed, your research area in general and the strengths and weaknesses of your work. Some find that preparing a few answers is a great way to build confidence beforehand and is often a good way to settle into the viva, as examiners sometimes start by asking basic, broad questions. For more tips on preparing for a viva, please see this post and if you’re submitting soon, good luck!

Generic PhD Viva Questions:

  1. Can you start by summarising your thesis?
  2. Now, can you summarise it in one sentence?
  3. What is the idea that binds your thesis together?
  4. What motivated and inspired you to carry out this research?
  5. What are the…

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