The Viva (Oral Defence)

The Viva (Oral Defence)

This series of videos emerges from the Enabling Quality Postgraduate Education project, which brings together Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Directors of Research, Directors of Postgraduate Studies, and Deans to reflect with postgraduate scholars on quality in postgraduate education. You can learn more about this project, funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa and led by Professors Sioux McKenna and Stephanie Burton by visiting the project website.

In this video, the focus is on the oral exam or viva voce. The oral exam is only used in some universities in South Africa though the report from the national review of the doctorate by the Council on Higher Education now recommends it for all. This video looks at some of the key issues.

This video was produced by Sinethemba Oz Konzaphi. Thanks to all who provided their inputs into this video.

Who might find this useful?

This might be a useful video for a supervision development course.