Finishing Your Doctorate: The Final Push

Years: 3


The final year of a doctorate requires researchers to become ‘thesis producers’. Hence, the main focus of this session will be on getting from today to the point of thesis submission.

This will include:

  • Exploring the skills an effective final-year researcher requires in order to successfully complete on time
  • Understanding what is required of a thesis in order to be awarded a doctorate
  • Looking at the constituent parts of a thesis, and understanding what purpose each serves in terms of successfully meeting the doctoral assessment criteria
  • Examining what is required to successfully author a thesis, and what to avoid, including successful writing strategies, and the keys to producing clear academic writing
  • Understanding viva process, including selection of examiners, their roles, what will be required, and ultimately how to make this a celebration of success.
  • Considering how to manage stress throughout these steps
  • Starting to think about how to secure a job after the doctorate
  • Developing the vocabulary and writing skills to communicate successfully to potential employers about competencies

Feedback from PhD Researcher (2018)

I felt this was the most beneficial workshop of any I have attended so far in my PhD. Dave is not only an engaging tutor, he really knows his stuff when it comes to the ins and outs of doing a PhD. The final year is quite daunting, and I had a lot of questions about the submission process, the Viva itself and what happens after that - Dave was able to talk us through.

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • B1: Personal qualities
  • B2: Self-management
  • B3: Professional and Career Development
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework