Asking examiners questions at the end of the viva

05-Jul-17, 16:14
Avatar for Nesrine87
posted about 2 years ago
After the main discussion is finished, I was wondering whether it was normal for the examiners to ask the candidate whether they had any questions. Or, if they don't ask, whether the candidate could ask if it's okay to ask a few questions (assuming it hasn't gone terribly and I just want to run away and cry). I couldn't find any information on the internet/in books about this and wonder whether it's purely up to the examiners.

For example, since I'm being examined by two senior, respected scholars, I'd like to know their opinion on turning my thesis into a monograph and what advice they might have. I thought it would also be a good opportunity for some general careers advice from someone other than my supervisor. However, I don't know if it's inappropriate during the viva or whether they might think it's a bit weird.

Thanks for your help!
05-Jul-17, 16:56
Avatar for butterfly20
posted about 2 years ago
They usually do yes. And your question is a really good one. I asked a similar question about which journals they thought would be good to publish in.
06-Jul-17, 03:06
edited about 20 seconds later
by pm133
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posted about 2 years ago
I was asked at the end if there were any problem areas I would like to discuss that they hadnt brought up.
I said No but thanked them for offering me a rope to hang myself with.
That was taken in the good humour it was offered but I was surprised to be asked.
I think they were offering me the chance to ask experts for advice and that the viva was over and passed.
06-Jul-17, 08:48
edited about 19 seconds later
Avatar for chickpea
posted about 2 years ago
I think it is something that's generally asked, as I kept coming across it in viva prep stuff I read, although the opportunity wasn't there in my viva.
06-Jul-17, 09:11
Avatar for Nesrine87
posted about 2 years ago
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Yeah I thought it was a bit weird that I hadn't come across anything about asking the examiners questions...clearly I need to do a bit more reading!

Either way, it's good to know that I could have the opportunity to ask a couple of questions after the main discussion is over.


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