Preparing for Your Viva


Have you submitted your thesis, or are you close to completion? This online workshop is designed to guide you through the process of preparing for your viva and giving your best possible performance on the day.

Through activities, discussion, and short training sessions, you’ll learn lots of techniques for successfully defending your thesis.

By the end of the training you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the purpose and format of a viva
  • Techniques for preparing your research material
  • Sample viva questions to practice

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

What you'll get

  • A video-based course for you to follow at your own pace. You can come back at any time.
  • Downloadable worksheets
  • Live 90-minute webinar, including group activities and Q&A
  • Follow-up coaching emails to keep you on track
  • Links to further resources


"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. Thank you very much, I really appreciate all the effort."

"The workshop was really well structured and easy to follow - I came away with a focused idea of what would be expected, it minimised my anxieties! I think that Catherine was excellent, and I'd like to especially thank her."

"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."


This course costs £845 + VAT for up to 20 participants.

Participants will receive access to the course on receipt of a purchase order. We'll then arrange a date with you for the live webinar and make all the necessary technical arrangements. This is all 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.