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My university have only just introduced mandatory oral exam for PhD's I'm not in the UK and I have been advised to plan for four months or more! To me this seems like a HUGE amount of time to wait, especially for international students. Maybe this is just the usual amount of time though.


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How long does it take in your experience? It's hard because as they have only just introduced it here, I have no one else to ask because I'll be the first in my school! I really hope they are over estimating the four months and it will be more like three at the most. Wishful thinking! Slowmo, it is hugely dependent on the uni being organised, examiners being able to commit to reading it and talking to the uni about a viva date. Just recently we have had Pineapple with a very long wait due to an external pulling out, Keenbean will have just 6 days very lucky!!

Hopefully, if you are the first they will be super-organised and get it done quickly. Make sure the examiners are approached prior to submission so they are ready to view your thesis. The quicker it is done, the better I think, as it will be so fresh in your mind whereas several months gap can make you lose the feel of your thesis. As Dunni said, mine is after 6 days, but that's really unusual and due to certain circumstances and also having very flexible examiners who have agreed to do it so quickly.

Orinigally my viva was set for 2. I'm not quite feeling the luckiness of having it so quickly yet, but I think once I've done it I'll be glad it was all over so soon! Best, KB. Slowmo, I'll agree with others: the time varies a lot. In my case, my supervisor identified and contacted the most suitable academic who could be my external at the beginning of this academic session, and I had my viva 5 weeks after I submitted my thesis.

I remember having this awkward situation of meeting my external at a conference just a week before the viva and both of us avoided each other - a point he jokingly made reference to after the viva was over. Yeah I agree with the others that the time varies from super quick like Keenbean to the more standard 3 months to 6 months for a friend of mine's viva. The external was really busy and couldn't take time out before that!

So it does seem 4 months is not that unusual but it is a pain to have a long gap as you'll have to revise it again which is really boring.


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I kept falling to sleep when I started revising! Because I submitted in early June, last year, my viva could not be held before the end of September , so there are considerations like time of year to take account of, too. Summer does tend to disrupt things. However, having said that, it hasn't disrupted Keenbean's in the same way!

Quote From beajay: However, having said that, it hasn't disrupted Keenbean's in the same way! The wait was due to the Christmas break, my overly long thesis, busy examiners and a viva cancellation days before my original viva date and time spent searching for another examiner.

Oh dear!

I'm right in the middle of this process. I finished my thesis in January and now it's July. The processes at my university are so desperately slow that I still have no formal agreement of my examiners three of them have been proposed so far and no date for my viva. Last time I looked, my thesis copies were still gathering dust on the administrator's desk where I left them.

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My department specifies no time frame, but it seems to be about weeks for most students. Part of the difficulty is the type of department, which is well known for the use of qualitative methods. They don't favour quantitative methods and statistics, but it was essential to take this approach for my research or it would've been meaningless.

It's a scientific study, not history. In another university or department, this mightn't have been an issue at all, but it seems a real problem for my particular university. I do agree it's not good for one's general health and wellbeing. My patient and supportive husband has suggested that perhaps I don't really need to get a PhD after all and I should just bale out now for the sake of my sanity. I can't very well look for the kind of job I'd hoped to get because I'm still in limbo, so I've probably missed the boat in terms of my future career as many post doc posts will have been snapped up.

At the end of this month, I'll have find the dosh for more fees and re-register for yet another year in the hope of my work being examined sometime in the next academic year. Slowmo, it is hugely dependent on the uni being organised, examiners being able to commit to reading it and talking to the uni about a viva date. Just recently we have had Pineapple with a very long wait due to an external pulling out, Keenbean will have just 6 days very lucky!! Hopefully, if you are the first they will be super-organised and get it done quickly.

Make sure the examiners are approached prior to submission so they are ready to view your thesis. The quicker it is done, the better I think, as it will be so fresh in your mind whereas several months gap can make you lose the feel of your thesis. As Dunni said, mine is after 6 days, but that's really unusual and due to certain circumstances and also having very flexible examiners who have agreed to do it so quickly. Orinigally my viva was set for 2.

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I'm not quite feeling the luckiness of having it so quickly yet, but I think once I've done it I'll be glad it was all over so soon! Best, KB. Slowmo, I'll agree with others: the time varies a lot. In my case, my supervisor identified and contacted the most suitable academic who could be my external at the beginning of this academic session, and I had my viva 5 weeks after I submitted my thesis. I remember having this awkward situation of meeting my external at a conference just a week before the viva and both of us avoided each other - a point he jokingly made reference to after the viva was over.

Yeah I agree with the others that the time varies from super quick like Keenbean to the more standard 3 months to 6 months for a friend of mine's viva. The external was really busy and couldn't take time out before that! So it does seem 4 months is not that unusual but it is a pain to have a long gap as you'll have to revise it again which is really boring. I kept falling to sleep when I started revising! Because I submitted in early June, last year, my viva could not be held before the end of September , so there are considerations like time of year to take account of, too.

Summer does tend to disrupt things.

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However, having said that, it hasn't disrupted Keenbean's in the same way!