Preparing for thesis and viva: some practicalities
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Preparing for thesis and viva: some practicalities

Nancy-Jane Lee Associate head of school (research), University of Salford, School of Nursing, Salford, UK

Nancy-Jane Lee discusses some of the processes and considerations involved in writing a PhD thesis and giving a viva at its conclusion

Presenting a thesis and then undertaking the viva is challenging even for the most experienced of researchers. This paper offers stylistic practicalities, reflects on thesis and viva preparation, and discusses the research regulations and submission requirements of higher education institutions (HEIs). Issues such as the use of the first person, how best to locate research in the professional setting, research regulations and codes of practice are discussed, along with some guiding principles to enable effective viva preparation. It is derived from experience as a doctoral student, supervisor and examiner, and focuses on questions most frequently asked by doctoral students.

Nurse Researcher. 17, 3, 52-59. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.

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