This session will cover examiner expectations of your thesis and oral examination (viva voce). Topics include:

  • selecting your examiner
  • what are examiners looking for?
  • what turns examiners off
  • experienced versus inexperienced examiners
  • responding to examiner reports
  • preparing for the oral exam

The session will draw from examples of examiner reports as well as the vast experience of the speaker, Professor Stephan Riek, as an HDR advisor and examiner. Stephan is concurrently a UQ expert in motor neuroscience and Deputy Dean of the Graduate School.

Feedback from inaugural first session in July 2019

"This was an excellent session and we all benefited from the interactive nature of it. Thank you. I have already shared the slides with my advisory team, and a fellow RHD student who just had his thesis review meeting set -- and I suspect he may not have all this information at his command. Thank you Prof. Reik for this extremely helpful session! "

This session will NOT cover the administrative processes of thesis examinations. Please refer to this link for more information on admin processes.

About Your thesis

Developing your thesis from an initial concept to a finished, quality document takes time and effort. Learn some key skills around concept mapping, confirmation report writing and more. 

Effective candidature management will also help you to complete your thesis, so don't forget to take the time to put some effective strategies in place. 

Useful links