The viva voce is the formal defence of your research before a panel of examiners following the completion of your thesis.
Six months before your expected completion date you should begin discussing with your supervision team who the team will invite to act as external examiner. Following these discussions your supervision team should complete the examination arrangements form and submit it to the doctoral support team as soon as possible so that arrangements for your viva examination can be made.
Once your viva examination panel has been nominated you must not approach your examiners prior to the viva.
When you have completed your thesis you will need to submit it for examination. There are submission formalities which you will need to complete before your thesis is accepted as ready for examination. As at the transfer review you must submit your work electronically via Turnitin and include the report with your thesis. You must submit an electronic copy of your thesis, accompanied by a completed thesis declaration form, within the registration period for your award. You may also be required to provide a hard copy in the format and binding specified in the University’s guidance.
The Graduate School team will make arrangements to forward your thesis to your examiners and will advise you when to attend for your viva examination.
Normally your viva will take place at least two to three months after you have submitted, this is to allow time for your examiners to read and carefully consider the merits of your research.
You can request to have one of your supervisors present at your viva, but they will be there as an observer and cannot contribute to the discussion. It is entirely your choice whether you wish a supervisor to be present.
In addition to yourself and your examiners, your viva will be attended by an independent chair. This is an experienced academic at the university who will be independent of your field of research. They will not examine you but are present to ensure the examination is conducted with due regard to fair play and in compliance with the University’s regulations.
See 'thesis submission and examination' in the Handbook