How long did you wait for PhD viva voce and what did you do in between?

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09-Aug-17, 19:03
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posted about 2 months ago
I already submitted PhD thesis yesterday. I heard from the department that I will have to wait for at least 7 weeks before viva voce. I also heard from my seniors that sometimes they had to wait for more than a semester before they could undergo viva examination. Based on your previous experiences, how long did you have to wait for viva exam? What did you do in between?

My supervisor already had examiners to examine my thesis but I just don't know for how long I have to wait.
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10-Aug-17, 08:41
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posted about 2 months ago
I think it varies a lot. I heard about mine a few days after submitting, and I had only 4 weeks to prepare, so I spent all the time getting ready for the viva.
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10-Aug-17, 08:46
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by Ephiny 1 star member
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posted about 2 months ago
About 2 months wait for mine. I already had a full-time job by then (not academia) so was pretty busy.

It's going to depend how busy the examiners are with other commitments, they need time to read the thesis fully, prepare their initial reports, and agree a date/time convenient for everyone involved. Right now many academics may be away at conferences or on holiday.
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10-Aug-17, 20:09
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posted about 2 months ago
It was about 6 weeks from submission to viva for me, with about a month's notice from what I can remember. I was already doing a postdoc. If I wasn't, I would have been writing papers whilst looking for a postdoc. Or take a holiday if I was in a financial situation to do so, which I wasn't after an unfunded 4th year.
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11-Aug-17, 16:08
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posted about 2 months ago
I waited for two months. In fact, when I was submitting, I had already been told the viva exam date by my supervisor. I submitted in November and defended in January. I packed my thesis and went out to enjoy my Christmas. I only touched my thesis 3 weeks before the viva. It was as if it was written by someone else. It was much easier to spot the mistakes.
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11-Aug-17, 18:09
by pm133
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From alexandercarey1989:
I already submitted PhD thesis yesterday. I heard from the department that I will have to wait for at least 7 weeks before viva voce. I also heard from my seniors that sometimes they had to wait for more than a semester before they could undergo viva examination. Based on your previous experiences, how long did you have to wait for viva exam? What did you do in between?

My supervisor already had examiners to examine my thesis but I just don't know for how long I have to wait.

I had to wait about 7 weeks I think, which is disgraceful in my opinion. During the break I finished off my last two pieces of work ready for publishing. I then reread the entire thesis with a few weeks to go. Horrible time. Glad it is over,
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11-Aug-17, 18:54
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
It was about 6 weeks from submission to viva for me, with about a month's notice from what I can remember. I was already doing a postdoc. If I wasn't, I would have been writing papers whilst looking for a postdoc. Or take a holiday if I was in a financial situation to do so, which I wasn't after an unfunded 4th year.


How did you get to do postdoc while waiting for viva? I thought you need PhD first before doing postdoc?
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11-Aug-17, 20:55
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From alexandercarey1989:

How did you get to do postdoc while waiting for viva? I thought you need PhD first before doing postdoc?


It was advertised as a postdoc but I was appointed as a Research Assistant until I passed my PhD. Usually what then happens is the person is then promoted to Research Associate. Actually, it wasn't the policy of the place I was working to do this - they just kept me on the same salary. That's one of the many reasons I hated it there and I left after a year and got a teaching post paying £11 k more so can't complain :)
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21-Aug-17, 21:55
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by Mull
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posted about 2 months ago
It must vary from institution to institution but the one I'm at requires a date to be set during the nomination of examiners. For me it was agreed upon shortly after confirming my examiners and is about 6 weeks after submission.

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