July 09, 2019
Getting major changes in the Viva is perhaps not the most desired outcome, but it is still not the end. What it means is that the work is still not up to the standard and that there still will be some considerable effort required to bring it to such a standard.
The most crucial question at this point is perhaps: do you understand why you got major changes, and do you know how to address these? Those at doubt what examiners are look at this slideshow from Prof.Max Bramer on ‘Examining a Higher Degre – the View from the other Side’.
While the language of the Viva Report is usually very detailed and can be well understood, it might be however less clear on how to realize such changes. The point here is that the Viva Report is, like your thesis, very much written in a linear way.
But for most thesis projects, your research was not linear, and the chapters were not written in a linear way, and likewise, the different points put forward in the Viva Report might thus not be addressed in a linear way and in isolation.
If the Viva Report puts forward for example as main concerns the absence of a problem focus, no clear common theme or narrative, or a lack of showing how the different parts of the research belong together, then isolated actions are perhaps not enough to do the expected alterations. Therefore, instead of working by the check-list, you might want to start by addressing the crucial underlying issues, and to subsequently gradually “mirror out” on what to address next.
Join Our Free Webinar on Getting major changes in the Viva and how to address these
To support you in understanding how to address major changes in the Viva we will run a free interactive webinar will be held on the 3rd August 2019 at 12 noon (GMT)
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Advanced Course: Rebuilding your Thesis: Addressing Major Changes
At the beginning of 2019 we have been launching our Advanced Training Series designed to take you through your thesis research with the outcome of each course being an actionable component that can be leveraged into your thesis. This will provide you with just the right boundaries and guidance.
The latest release in this series will be our forthcoming course on ‘Rebuilding your Thesis: Addressing Major Changes’.
The main purpose of this 12 weeks course is therefore to provide you with a clear understanding and actionable guidance on what needs to be done so to realize the expected changes, and to realize these in time. Unlike our other advanced courses this course is by default run on a one-student-one-tutor mode, though it can be run with more participants upon request.
The program for this course will be hand crafted for each student based upon the Viva Report that you have been receiving. For those that subsequently wish so we also can provide further mentoring and coaching so to assure that the changes are executed by you in accordance to the Viva Report.