ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Preparing for the PhD oral examination (REPEAT)
About this session
The UCT Doctoral Degrees Board is piloting a modification to the PhD examination process, and has introduced an oral examination. This one-hour interactive, online webinar is aimed at preparing PhD students for the ‘oral exam’.
This is currently running on a voluntary basis, and students who have recently submitted their theses for examination have been asked to volunteer. The oral examination at this stage will have no bearing on the final outcome i.e. you cannot fail your PhD because of a poor oral exam.
This workshop is aimed at preparing these volunteer students (and others who are planning on submitting soon) for what to expect in the build-up to, and participation in, this oral examination.
Important to note is that the PhD oral examination must not be considered a punitive, further hurdle towards graduating. Rather, it should be viewed as an educational and helpful process, allowing students to engage deeply with their research topic, via discussion and questioning on Zoom/MS Teams with the examiners. This is aimed at aiding the Committee of Assessors in reaching a recommendation fairly and efficiently.
The structure of the webinar is as follows:
- 20 minutes – Background to the PhD oral exam at UCT and the process – Dr Karen van Heerden (Special projects – Deputy Registrar’s office)
- 20 minutes – What to expect and how to prepare yourself for the oral exam – Prof Peter Meissner (Director Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development)
- 20 minutes – Q&A (KvH, PNM and colleagues from the DDB)
For those interested in attending, please register below. We look forward to you joining us.
- Tuesday, May 30, 2023
- 11:00am - 12:00pm
- Prof Peter Meissner, Dr Karen van Heerden and colleagues from the DDB
- Information Session
Room 2.04 Level 2 Otto Beit Building
University Avenue, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town