VIVA Failure- Major corrections plus viva

10-May-18, 01:38
edited about 4 seconds later
by snfu4
Avatar for snfu4
posted about 1 week ago

I just had my viva today and the result was appalling...major corrections plus another one viva. I don't know if anyone had any experience of such a result (in a UK university), but I am devastated...I really don't know what to do, I really don't know if it's worth the time to try and come up with a new viva.
10-May-18, 21:46
edited about 28 seconds later
Avatar for alphaacademicappeals
posted about 1 week ago
Very sorry to hear this, snfu4. You are not alone - I see cases like this every week.

Try not to panic. Ask to meet your supervisors and talk about what just happened. Ask for their views. Then decide on your next steps. Do not make rash decisions.
11-May-18, 15:01
edited about 1 minute later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 week ago
Sorry to hear of your ordeal. You should wait for and focus on the report. I agree with alphaacademicappeals advice on not making rash decisions (a bit of panic is understandable but really doesn't offer any benefit).
Major corrections is not as drastic an outcome as revise and resubmit, and in that case, with perserverance and effort, you will see people have had that outcome and turned it around to obtain their PhD. Your situation requires work, but it is totally do-able :-)

** Find out what the criteria are for your type of Doctorate, and then make sure you demonstrate that in your next viva.

At the end of the day, the process is an examination, and you have to ensure your work is in the format that allows you to satisfy these criteria.

At my institution the criteria (for a Doctorate in the Sciences) are:

a) is genuinely the work of the candidate
b) forms a distinct contribution to knowledge of the subject
c) affords evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts and/or by the exercise
of independent critical power
d) is an integrated whole and presents a coherent argument
e) gives a critical assessment of the relevant literature
f) describes the method of research and its findings
g) includes discussion of those findings and how they advance the study of the
h) demonstrates a deep and comprehensive understanding of the field of study and
the capacity for objective judgement in complex situations.
i) is satisfactory as regards literary presentation
j) includes a full bibliography and references
k) demonstrates research skills relevant to the thesis
l) is of a standard to merit publication in whole, in part or in a revised form

Good luck!


Copyright ©2018
All rights reserved

Postgraduate Forum

Masters Degrees

PhD Opportunities

PostgraduateForum is a trading name of FindAUniversity Ltd
FindAUniversity Ltd, 77 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG, UK. Tel +44 (0) 114 268 4940 Fax: +44 (0) 114 268 5766