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Top Ten Viva Questions

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Professor Patrick Dunleavy

CHECKLIS CHEC KLIST: T: TOP TEN VIV VIVA A !ESTIO !ES TIONS NS

Value"a##e#$ 1. What are theOri%inality most original parts of the thesis?

2. Which propositions would you say are distinctively your own? 3. How do you think you work takes forward or develops the literature in this field? 4. What are the “ottom line! conclusions of your research? How innovative or distinctive are they? Ori%ins$To&ics ". #an you tell us how you came to choose this topic for your doctorate?

$. Why have you defined the topic in the way you did? What were some of the difficulties you encountered and did they influence how the topic was framed? 'et(o#s %. What are the core methods used in this thesis? Why did you choose this approach? &n an ideal world' are there different techni(ues you)d have liked to use?

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Data -. What are the main sources or kinds of evidence? re they strong enough to sustain the conclusions you draw?

/. How do your your findings fit with or contradict the rest of the literature in th this is field? )(at ne*t+  10. What are the main implications of your research for the rest of the field?

or more advice on preparing for the viva and the thesis endgame see' . unleavy' unleavy'  Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis Thesis or  Dissertation 5asingstoke,  Dissertation  5asingstoke, algrave' 20036' #h. -.

 

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