Any advice on first year progression/transfer report

posted
14-Jan-19, 12:27
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posted about 7 months ago
Hi everyone, my progression report for transfer to year two is due in in April and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for how to write it and what to expect at viva?
posted
14-Jan-19, 20:15
by rewt
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posted about 7 months ago
Are there any other PhD students at your university who you can ask? Because the system varies from place to place and they will give you far more relevant advice.

Though, at my university they want to see progress and if you can say you are progressing you are fine. Have a solid literature review, methodology, initial data (if you have it) and a clear plan to finish on time. In the viva they will challenge and try to defend it as best you can but remember it is practise for the real thing.
posted
14-Jan-19, 20:48
edited about 23 seconds later
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posted about 7 months ago
Also, search this forum, as I know that I have seen similar threads in the past.
posted
15-Jan-19, 12:04
edited about 1 minute later
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posted about 7 months ago
Quote From elenahillart92:
Hi everyone, my progression report for transfer to year two is due in in April and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for how to write it and what to expect at viva?


I didn't have any data then so simply went with a long intro and lit review, methods, ethics review + hopeful timelines. Then the mini-viva lasted an hour and 20 minutes and we went through the report sequentially, them pointing out their concerns and asking questions when appropriate. At the end they asked me to leave the room for 10 minutes whilst they filled in the form, and then I was asked back in and they handed me the form with the 'progress to PhD' box ticked.
posted
17-Jan-19, 11:32
edited about 16 seconds later
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posted about 7 months ago
It just goes to show how much variation there is. Mine lasted 20 mins or half an hour at the most. I would have preferred one like Kenziebob's as that would have been more like prep for the real viva.
posted
17-Jan-19, 12:06
edited about 20 seconds later
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posted about 7 months ago
Quote From Tudor_Queen:
It just goes to show how much variation there is. Mine lasted 20 mins or half an hour at the most. I would have preferred one like Kenziebob's as that would have been more like prep for the real viva.


It was definitely worth it for that reason. I didn't know what to expect as there has been some variation in my department, but it was quite viva-like.

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