Is it normal to correct at that level of detail?
I'm a bit concerned that I will come out of my viva and not really know the result. My supervisor is away and out of email contact and I don't know if I can expect any clear indication from my examiners. What is the general experience with this?
Hi Smilodon, I received detailed feedback from my examiners about a month after my viva. I'm not sure if this is standard procedure but they told me what I needed to do. In certain areas it was a general 'you need to be more explicit' in others it was more specific 'create a flow chart describing...'. I think that in my case it didn't help that my undergrad degree is maths and my PhD is economics because I don't sound like an economist when I write and they don't like my style of writing. But hey ho, nearly there. :p
Thanks for the thumbs up Bilbo. It helps to have a moan ;-)
Smilodon, the examiners told me the result straight after my viva. They had a discussion between themselves after my supervisor (my chosen observer) and myself had left the room, following my oral examination. They called us back in and said I had passed subject to minor corrections, which they outlined verbally for me. I'd have thought you'd also be told the result after your viva, I know others from other unis have followed the same procedure.
The annoying bit for me has been how long the bureacracy surrounding completion takes, though maybe it varies between universities. You know you've passed, but it's not official and wrapped up till all the admin is done. My supervisor said it shouldn't stop me applying for jobs though, as she said academics know about all the admin and the end result is the same, I should just put I have a PhD in blah blah subject, passed in May subject to minor corrections on job/funding applications. You can still get started on publishing work before the official bits are rubber stamped too. Will your supervisor be back or available for email contact by the autumn term? It's a long summer when everyone seems to be on holiday as they can't take time off during term-time.
Sarah, hang on in there, you're nearly done with it! It sounds like they're really making you suffer though...
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As from today, I join the people in post-submission limbo. I submitted my thesis this morning and as far as I know the Assessment office has already prepared them to be send out to the examiners. Happy days! Thanks to all who replied in my other threads when I was giving out about writing up etc.... 8-)
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Hi Lara - I passed with minor corrections. I still have a ton of work to do to get publications out in order to write a postdoc grant though - so it feel like I have another year to go. It has taken a while to chill about the whole thing but I have slowed down and feel very relieved. How are you doing?
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