and in all honesty, the prelim (or qualifying exam) was much harder than the actual defense…. i will keep these tips in mind and well-prepare my defence. am happy to have found this article just as i’m starting my phd. however, i had a great time because i was able to show the depth and breadth of my knowledge. i always thought that i am a bit better in speaking than in writing, so i felt confident but not exactly über-enthusiastic. i’ll have my viva next week and i am realising the big gap in my knowledge, which is kind of scary, all that because of trying to read 100 papers … as you said, i believe nothing much will change on the outcome at this stage. i’m going to defend my masters thesis on a topic (antibacterial activity of medicinal plants in india) after a week …but i’m feeling pretty nervous…. not a thesis (except maybe in a linguistics department); "process. to most other countries in europe, the phd thesis defence in the united kingdom is not a formality. but the day before my defense i do not at it. most cases the questions are going to be based on your thesis. you have given me a lot of courage as i prepare to defend my masters thesis on special education this month at sebastian kolowa memorial university (sekomu) in tanzania., in some examination regulations i am aware of, there is a procedure for the case that some important but localised flaw is detected in your thesis. sometimes, an examiner will ask a question they don’t know the answer to, either out of interest (since you are the expert in your research) or because they want to see how you think. you choose what to cover in your thesis you are choosing your battleground for the thesis defence, so the best strategy is to stick to the material you know best in your writing! in addition, i also came up with a list of questions that i had of my own (questions that i was unsure of or that i thought were a weakness of mine). i am aware of one case where somebody had a nervous breakdown for understandable reasons¹ and the examination board let him repeat the exam.
are used as a visual aid to whatever you are saying -so you can show a graph for example- or you can highlight some key points., your post has really boosted my confidence as i prepare to defend my msc thesis on antidiabetic activity of medicinal plants on tuesday september 1 at kenyatta university kenya. i fail if, for example, during the discussion a mistake in my comparison and evaluation approach is discovered which makes my results meaningless? i’m just about to have my own phd thesis defence at wroclaw university of economics (poland). good defense here means more than one example, and answers to questions. am defending my msc thesis tomorrow at the university of stellenbosch, south africa. if you suffer from a mental breakdown due to nervousness or similar, you probably can repeat the defense – at least with any reasonable examination regulation and examination committee. one chapter of my thesis was recently rejected as a paper submission. sure you have read through your complete thesis at least once before your defence, so you know what you have written about. after that you forget what your name is but instead of going to sleep for 5 days you have to go for an official dinner (that you pay for) with all 9 members of the committee and continue the chit-chat for like forever. you cannot obtain any thesis defense talks on video, make sure that you go to actual public thesis defense talks. and this means that you don’t cram it all in a couple of days right before your talk. certainly don’t have to memorize every word of your thesis defense talk, but you should have it well-polished. the examination can take between two and four hours and these are the most common outcomes:Pass: i personally do not know anyone who has passed the viva straight away but, theoretically speaking, it is possible. you can mention sample prep, but you probably don’t have to give huge amounts of detail. my advisor wouldn’t let me schedule my defense until he thought i was far enough along in the writing to succeed with a well-written dissertation. if you look into your examination regulations, there are probably some clauses that allow the examination board to do some things at their own discretion in exceptional cases.
re-reading my thesis i found a lot of typos and small errors. it’s not my story; if that’s what you were thinking. using an informal version of my name in professional contexts unprofessional? from my own experience, i can say that making changes to the thesis after the examination is a lot harder than before, simply because your mind will already be in another world. you've refined your claim into a good thesis, now you can determine.@dirk would you fail a master student in his defense if turns out that he did a mistake and the results of the thesis are as a result useless because of this mistake?'s pretty rare for a student to fail the defense of a master thesis in the swedish systems, but i have seen a few over the years. it is quite evident they wont ask you something outside the book but on few occasion they usually play some mind games to try out questions that might be related to your thesis (for ex: belarus is the heaviest drinking nation, but the question can be who are the largest producer of alcohol ? symptom of nerves is to talk really fast and to try to show how much you know and speak in this kind of long stream of consciousness that diverges away from the question until you forget what the actual question was but then you don’t know how to get back to the point and so you just keep talking and that makes you more nervous and how are you going to get off this train of thought…. because the phd thesis defence in poland is about q&a session not the speech. or failure is determined mainly by the content of your thesis.@jacktwain: 1) i am perfectly calm and what you describe is not a good explanation to use quotation marks at all. if you are, the thesis defense talk is just a formality. that the examiners expect you to be a bit nervous, and they will help you through if necessary. the whole process was quite exhausting but i also enjoyed it because it showed that these two very distinguished and well-known professors had read and analysed my whole thesis (a good 290 pages) in a lot of depth. because the phd thesis defence in poland is about q&a session not the speech. i am in the process of writing my dissertation, so i will come back to your post in the late period of my degree.
you want to give a good thesis talk, you need to practice multiple times. the presentation; do the presentation slides gives the audience a short summary of what my thesis is all about? i had published lots of papers, therefore, my dissertation is huge (riesig! i am defending my phd in indiana university, usa, next week. a bad defense may seriously (and in particular more than nominally) affect your thesis degree, which in turn has a huge impact on your total degree. your thesis is turned in to your committee members, during those final two weeks- sleep and a proper diet are key. thanks for posting this and i hope my defense goes well, it’s on may 4th. first and most obvious tip then is to make sure you know what the format of your exam will be; whether you will have to prepare a presentation and so on. will have the viva for my phd in mathematics at a uk university very soon and i am extremely nervous about this. you for this wonderful article……i am sure it will help me. i am not fully ready but hope to be ready by that day. in the following 40 minutes, the examiners went straight into criticising my main argument (“oligopoly of security providers in rio de janeiro”) and it was quite challenging to defend my research choices. i have actually heard that some people who gave great thesis defense talks were offered a position shortly after (i. i turned in my thesis two weeks ahead of time to my committee, i thought the hard part was over. having studied in the uk, my viva-voce defence was essentially an interview with one internal and one external examiner. my talk was ~45-50 minutes long which also leaves time for questions. by taking care of yourself, you ensure that you have the highest probability for giving a great thesis defense talk and showing your committee members that you are confident about your project.
after 3 months of intense thesis writing, revisions, and successfully defending (all while working a part-time job in industry), i want to share with you part 1 of 3 of this series. does it make sense to bring a list with corrections to the viva to show the examiners that i discovered these myself? you get 3 months to make minor amendments to your thesis, based on what was discussed during the viva. i am obliged to give a speech summarizing what i have managed to accomplished during 4-year-research. i just read it while i am to enter to presentation hall for my masters thesis defense. i like ua post but there is still one problem, if i dont know the answer to a question asked by the examiner, i’m afraid i’d feel too embarrassed and i can’t stand it. people play chess" is not a thesis; " people adapt memories of. in other countries it’s common to have public examinations with a whole panel of examiners and an audience of colleagues, family and friends. to a large extent, the content of the examination is determined by the content in your thesis. usually you will have one internal examiner from your university and one external examiner.) re-read over your entire thesis and write out your own list of questions.. apply for jobs before, during, or after writing your thesis). a month before my defense talk, i hit the gym 3x a week (for the first time in months). if you wrote a 200 page thesis, your thesis commitee can pick apart an error bar on a graph on page 133. my supervisor never really had a look at any parts of my work. part 2 will be how to finish your thesis in a timely manner (and write a good quality thesis). in particular having passed a thesis with the lowest possible degree (or something close to it) is something you definetely do not want to have in your vita².