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Your institution should have regulations that tell you exactly how it has to be laid out, right down to placement of page numbers and margins. Best to check that in the first instance.
My proposal wasn't part of my thesis but an official declaration form was.
I was about two months from first full draft to submission, including time for soft binding. My supervisors had read the chapters as they had been developed, so it was changes on how it flowed as a full document, taking out repetition and so on.
Two months is probably reasonable.
Like any interview they will want to know that you are capable of the work and a good fit with the team. Have examples ready of relevance to the post around meeting deadlines, working with others and anything else that is key from the job description.
If you have a look on jobs.ac.uk there are some really good interview prep guides on there.
Not a great situation to be. Do you have a second supervisor or another academic in your department who can help you with your writing? It's not great that one supervisor is making things so difficult but you cant really circumvent her. Getting a second opinion might help you to support your discussions with her though.
It might be worth writing up a timeline which states what you still have to do, and how long you think it will take. Then put it to her as a suggestion and ask for specific feedback on which bits are realistic. Then it's not a vague concept that she is being asked to comment on.
I transferred to another university after 2 years. The difference with my case was that I moved with my supervisor to the department he had moved to. I was able to take the work done so far and the new university awarded my PhD the following year. I was funded for fees and living costs at both universities.
So it's possible, but dependent on finding a university willing to take you and for your existing institution to agree to release you. It's more common than you might think.
My first piece of advice would be to do something relaxing the night before and don't look at your thesis. Make sure you revise and prepare before that and then give yourself a good break and a good sleep.
Have you prepared answers to typical questions? I took along notes of answers with me and read over these while waiting to be called in.
I wouldn't take other papers with you, they will be asking about the thesis and it's just more stuff to worry about. Take a notepad and pen for notes and some water to drink.
During, make sure you listen to questions and then take your time to answer. It isn't a test and you will be able to refer to your thesis and your notes. Clarify anything that wasn't clear and remember to breathe!
Best of luck!
I think you are right to stick with it and try again. Do you have anyone you could practice with? Maybe an office buddy to help you with a mock-viva (your supervisors may be willing to help with this too)?
The main thing you can do is make sure you are better prepared next time. I think any decent examiner will expect nerves, but what you can't do is come across as if you don't know your area. Practice as much as you can, rehearse answers, get as much help as you can from those around you.
And good luck, you will get there, it's a minor setback.
Besides that, I was always driven by lists. A list of each chapter and then what needed done to each, which I could tick off as I went along, making myself feel I was achieving something. A bit like what you have suggested of breaking up manageable chunks.
You will get it done, you just have to find your way of getting yourself going.
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