This is a great blog - thank you! And thanks so much for the info re originality. I had a PhD (Humanities)interview recently and the first question was 'how will your proposed research make an original contribution to the field?'. Threw me completely! The source material is untouched by the academy ie it is pretty niche but beyond that, I didn't have an answer! Beginning to understand the 'originality' thing a bit more..
Many congratulations on passing and your advice is really helpful, even though I am just applying.
Thank you for sharing - I really enjoyed reading this. With my own viva coming up on Wednesday (eeeek!!) it's all good grist for the mill. I don't feel as though I've done nearly enough preparation, but at the same time I suspect I will never really feel as if I've done enough!
My supervisors both say they're pretty sure I'll pass with minor corrections, but reading this cautionary tale I'll know not to take that for granted!
Congrats to all Dr.'s in this post, and a special thanks to the OP for creating this thread. I was afraid it was the weekly "I did so horribly what shall I do?????" post, however I was pleasantly surprised and thankful to have a fresh critical framework, with which to challenge my own research.
A+ would read again ;)
Dr littleowl: that's great news. Congrats.
Fled: thanks very much, nice of you to say!
lizziejamescaroon: thanks! :}
I'm doing my thesis corrections now. They are going OK. My externals were quite good and provided a relatively straightforward 'to do' list. It reads like 'insert critical here' and 'insert critical comment there'.
For me, corrections have been just like having another 3 months on the thesis. Funny thing is, I'm not actually sick of it. Although when I get bored, I have been procrastinating a lot!
*Plays Flappy Bird*
Thanks Mackem_Beefy. Yes, it turns out that people do actually read the thesis. More than a year on, I have reflected a lot. I think the best way to view a viva and corrections is as part of a *learning process*.
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