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English for Researchers - Viva voce/PhD defence
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3734-22-00-02There are 5 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 15/10/2022
Date and time15.11.2022, at: 09:00 - 17.11.2022, at: 17:00
Regular seats16
Course fee2,640.00 kr.
LecturersCarol Bang-Christensen
ECTS credits1.60
Contact personIris Helena Wintherstein    E-mail address: iris.helena.wintherstein@regionh.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at NorDoc member universities. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Learning objectives

Students who have met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Respond suitably to the examiners’ questions in the PhD Viva
2. Have insight into what questions will be asked
3. Be prepared to deal with potentially problematic areas
4. Effectively use discussions skills to elaborate the dialogue with the examiners
5. Consider all aspects that could influence the Viva delivery and performance


Questions: those to ask yourself, your supervisor and your colleagues long before the actual Viva, for example: How do you respond to criticism? Do the examiners know/like each other? What would you do differently if you were to repeat your research? and, most importantly, How have you contributed to the world of research? We’ll also look at how to answer succinctly; how to handle difficult questions; how to agree and disagree; how to be courteous but assertive; how to give your voice attitude; what to do if you don’t understand what’s been said; and, just in case things go wrong, some language lifesavers.


PhD students nearing their PhD defence with Results/Findings to present, discuss and defend.

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes




Face-to-face classroom tuition and intensive question-and-answer group practice culminating in participants responding to questions related to their PhD thesis posed by “mock” examiners.
Between Day 1 and Day 2, participants are expected to prepare questions on their own thesis for use in a Question-Answer session on the second course day.

Course director

Carol Bang-Christensen, English teacher, carol@thecomputer.dk


Carol Bang-Christensen, English teacher, carol@thecomputer.dk


15 and 17 November 2022

Both days at 9:00-17:00

Course location

Hvidovre Hospital, Kettegård Allé 30, 2650 Hvidovre
The Education and Development building (FU).


Please register before 15 October 2022

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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