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The Doctoral Examination Process: A Handbook For Students, Examiners And Supervisors SRHE and Open University Press Imprint

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    Tinkler; Jackson(Author)

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'It also incorporates a wealth of information that most supervisors and examiners only acquire through years of experience...this book deserves to be widely read and, if it is, it should contribute to an improvement in the quality of both research degree examining and the student's performance at the viva.'
Professor Diana Woodward, University Director of Research, Napier University, Edinburgh and retiring UKCGE Executive Committee Member

'importantly the book deals with perspectives of all three concerned parties, i.e., the candidate, examiner and supervisor.It is . . . a very useful guide to appreciate and prepare for the different stages of the doctoral examination process.'
Higher Education Quarterly

What is the viva and how can students prepare for it?
What should supervisors consider when selecting PhD examiners?
How should examiners assess a doctoral thesis and conduct the viva?

The doctoral examination process has been shrouded in mystery and has been a source of anxiety and concern for students, supervisors and examiners alike. But now help is at hand. This book sheds new light on the process, providing constructive ways of understanding the doctoral examination, preparing for it and undertaking it.

This book stands alone in the field due to the extensive research undertaken by the authors. Over a four year period, surveys and interviews were undertaken with candidates and academics from a wide range of disciplines throughout Britain. Outcomes and ideas from the research have been united to provide the most comprehensive information available.

Real life accounts and case studies are combined with useful advice, tasks and checklists to create an illuminating handbook. This user-friendly book is a vital resource for anyone involved in the doctoral process. No doctoral candidate, examiner or supervisor should be without it.

Penny Tinkler is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester.

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  • PDF | 248 pages
  • Tinkler; Jackson(Author)
  • Open University Press (3 Jan. 2004)
  • English
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  • Education Studies & Teaching

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  • By Dr. E. C. Pooley on 5 September 2005

    I would recommend this book to graduate students who are currently writing-up their PhD/DPhil. It covers most of the areas that are likely to come up in the viva and also gives other information concerning the things that examiners look for when reviewing the text of thesis - this is quite useful if you are writing-up as you can modify your text to answer some of the likely questions before going into the viva.This book is better than others that I have read and would be useful to students at all stages of their research.

  • By Bookworm79 on 31 January 2010

    I bought this while I was in the writing up stage of my PhD and I found it very helpful. The viva process is still somewhat shrouded in mystery and this book put my mind at ease by shedding light on what the viva is meant to accomplish (i.e. what the examiners are looking for in a doctoral candidate and their thesis) and the actual event itself. As one of the other reviewers has already commented, it is useful to read before you have submitted - some of the things that they highlight, in terms of what qualities a successful thesis should have, were definitely helpful in the final stages of writing when I was trying to make sure that it all hung together. Reading the book gave me a bit of a confidence boost as well because suddenly it didn't seem so impossible. I would recommend it to any PhD candidate at any stage of their PhD, but particularly to those in the run-up to submitting.

  • By W. Hesketh on 21 October 2011

    I bought this book to prepare for my viva, but it hasn't really given me any tips. It has scared the Hell out of me though. Unlike other sources, it does not emphasize that failure is rare and that corrections are to be exptected: rather, it suggests that you are at the mercy of the unknown, including your examiners' particular personalities and academic politics and over and over again, how you might fail...This book left me more worried than before I read it. Also, I bought it as a strategy to prepare for my viva - I didn't even receive that, not remotely. I'm much more confused than ever. Waste of money.I have received much more useful advice on preparing from online sources.That said, if I was a PhD supervisor/examiner (especially an examiner), then I might find this book a bit useful. As a student with a viva date weeks away - very little practical help at all and dents the self-esteem a great deal.Wouldn't recommend for PhD students wish I'd never read it, now going in terrified).Just a load of quotes from people - students and examiners - no tips on how to do well

  • By gg on 30 January 2012

    I was recommended this book by a friend and I'm so pleased I read it. I'd had a look at a couple of the other 'how to succeed in your viva' type books, but this one is head and shoulders above those. The fact that the authors draw on their research, rather than anecdotes, is a real strength. I loved the quotes from students who had been through the process. It's full of really useful guidance about how to prepare for your viva from day one of your PhD right through to the day of the viva. I'd recommend this to anyone. Also, now I'm likely to be supervising my own students, it's handy for me as a supervisor!

  • By Jan on 28 January 2010

    A very comprehensive guide to the doctoral examination process - very useful for students and examiners.

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