Preparing for Your Viva


Have you submitted your thesis, or are you getting close to completion? Are you now contemplating the next step in your PhD? This online course guides you through the process of preparing for your viva and giving the best possible performance on the day.

Through discussions, videos, and activities, you’ll learn what to expect from the viva and also make a start on your preparation. There's help from Wonderwoman and the Pointer Sisters, too.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a clear strategy and more confidence in facing this next challenge. 

We’ll demystify the viva and answer questions such as:

  • How are my examiners chosen?
  • What on earth are they going to ask me?
  • How do I deal with mistakes?
  • What if my mind goes blank?
  • How do I cope with difficult examiners?
  • What's an online viva like?

There will also be an opportunity to experience a mock viva.

Each week, we'll address a specific aspect of viva preparation. Between sessions, you'll be given activities to work on at your own pace.

This training is aimed at late-stage PhD students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

What you'll get

  • Six 2-hour webinars, including group discussions and Q&A
  • Activities to complete between live sessions
  • A short video-based course for you to follow at your own pace
  • Follow-up coaching emails to keep you on track
  • Links to further resources
  • Feedback

    "I just wanted to get in touch to let you know how useful and enjoyable the training was. It made me feel a lot less nervous and more prepared for the viva. I have recommended it to all my PhD friends.”

    "I wanted to let you know that I passed my viva directly (no corrections) yesterday! The session you organised for us really helped me to prepare and feel confident about the process."

    "I learned so much about the process which no one had ever explained to me. Catherine was really clear and very calm and reassuring. I now feel that I have a really good idea of how to prepare myself."


This course costs £3600 + VAT for up to 24 participants.

On receipt of a purchase order, we'll then arrange a date with you for the live webinars and make all the necessary technical arrangements. Participants will get access to an online welcome pack ahead of the first session. Everything is managed by us, you just need to let us know the students' names and email addresses.

Please contact us if you'd like to book this training or if you have any questions.