Take the preparation for your viva seriously and devote a substantial amount of time to it.
The viva preparation checklist may be useful to help you prepare.
Sometimes someone from your own institution is appointed as an independent chair.
Although it is now becoming more common for the candidate to have an opportunity to give a public lecture in UK institutions, this does not form part of the examination and may or may not be attended by the examiners.
Resume: The three chapters of this thesis study households’ financial decisions over the lifecycle.
The first chapter focuses on the decision to become an entrepreneur, the second on the choice to invest in stock market and the third on the value of pension entitlements.
In other countries, including the UK, the oral examination is usually conducted behind closed doors by at least two examiners, usually with at least one being from another institution (external examiner) and an expert in your topic of research.
In the UK the supervisor does not participate in the viva, but may be allowed to observe.
An important way to address this need is to develop a cost-efficient and environment-friendly large-scale process to produce highly conductive nanographites, such as graphene and graphite nanoplatelets, along with methods to manufacture low-cost electrodes from large area coating.
In this thesis, I present a novel process to mechanically exfoliate industrial quantities of nanographite from graphite in an aqueous environment with lowenergy consumption and at controlled shear conditions.