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Questions tagged [defense]

Questions relating to the defense of a thesis and the process surrounding it, such as the grading system of a thesis, who may come to a thesis defense, the duration of a thesis defense session, etc.

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Viva voce question about another student “validating” my results

My PhD supervisor wanted me to talk about how my research was "validated" by another student in my Viva Voce, despite my results speaking for themselves. This part of my findings had not even been ...
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Can I write my thesis supervisor to complete my thesis?

I had worked in a lab for my master's thesis. But I could not complete a course from the previous semester so I could not register for defense at X University. This university asked me to transfer my ...
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What are the Do's and Don'ts of Computer Science PhD viva?

Going into ones viva, there are obvious do's and don'ts. For example, do not try to show off, do be prepared to go into an in-depth discussion... What, in your experience as either the PhD candidate ...
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What are some typical questions one might be asked in a Computer Science PhD Viva?

I know that you are likely to suggest "Ask your supervisor. He/She will know best.". While that is obviously true, I would like to know from your personal experience either as the PhD candidate or ...
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If a thesis committe member asks for changes in my thesis does that mean I'm not getting a PhD “summa cum laude”? [closed]

I am a PhD student in Germany. I had a question regarding the summa cum laude mark for my thesis. To open the examination procedure, I asked three reviewers to read my thesis (my main supervisor and ...
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PhD thesis defense - is there a separate defense session with one's graduate committee? [closed]

I was watching a math PhD thesis defense on YouTube and it seems that after about an hour of the talk, a committee member tells the audience to leave except for the graduate committee and the PhD ...
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Tips for being a good jury member for Master's defense

I am a 2nd year PhD student. My supervisor ask me to be a jury member in a Master's thesis defense presentation. This is a first for me, so I have some questions. Any tips and guidelines I can follow?...
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Why does an “external member” of a thesis defense committee come to your defense?

I am curious why would some professor from another university come to my university (in Turkey) merely for my defense. What benefit does this professor have in it? Do universities pay professors for ...
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Question concerning proofs of theorems in defense PHD thesis

I would like to ask this question: -Do we have to present the demonstrations of the results (theorems in mathematics) found and published in a scientific journal the day of the PHD defense or it is ...
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Using an English or French presentation to a French talk?

I'll be defending my Ph.D. this October. I submitted my dissertation in English and prepared an English presentation, but my supervisor along with the jury members surprised me by saying the defense ...
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Some of the major corrections are already in the thesis

I've passed my viva with major corrections at a UK university. Upon receiving the corrections, I found some of them were already emphasised and discussed in several places in the thesis. My ...
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How to defend badly graded master thesis?

My master thesis was the greatest sh*tshow that ever happened in my life. Fortunately I did manage to put it all together and submit it. After that I booked a defense date which is tomorrow. In the ...
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Whether to share at thesis defense where I have submitted pertaining papers to

I have submitted journal articles that come from my thesis. When defending the thesis, is it a good idea to give the names of the journals to which those pertaining papers were submitted to?
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What's the purpose of a PhD defense?

It looks like everyone has it's own theories on what's the function of a defense. People say that it has to be a contribution to knowledge, other people say that it has to reflect 3 years of work, ...
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Why do supervisors hide my rights from me?

the question title above is deliberately provocative. I am in the UK. A few days ago I have explained my situation - many problems with a Department that was not able to support me adequately. ...
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“Revise and resubmit” after having the submission never reviewed by supervisor

I am having a problem and I need some input to reflect. Long story almost short: I am in the UK. I have started an interdisciplinary PhD research. At the end of the first year, during the progress ...
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How can I pass my PhD thesis defense when nothing has been successful?

For reasons I had very little influence on, most of the projects I participated in over the course of my PhD did not produce reasonable results. I managed to get involved in small side projects and ...
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Phd defense jury in Belgium

I have been invited to be an external jury member for a PhD defense at a Belgian university. Apart from reimbursement of my travel expenses, am I going to be paid for this work? In UK (where I am ...
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My PhD supervisor cannot promise me a date to defend my dissertation before my visa expires. Should I just quit my PhD and start over?

I am doing my PhD in Germany and I’m under a three year DFG grant, which ends in September, and with it my visa. Although I can get an 18-month visa to find a job after my PhD, this won’t be granted ...
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PhD Thesis defence [closed]

What are the salient points to watch during a thesis defence? How do you know if your thesis is up to scratch before the defence?
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My department delayed my viva and is being unprofessional. Should I report this?

I submitted my PhD thesis to my department last August for examination. However, I found out from my supervisor that my department only sent my thesis to examiners last November for examination. So it ...
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Thesis defense months after thesis submission

I submitted my PhD thesis a few months back, and it's still not clear when I will have my final defense. Since then, I have moved on to industry, and I'm very much worried that the state of my ...
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My mum was recently diagnosed with cancer. Should I tell my supervisor?

Yesterday, my mum was recently diagnosed with cancer. However, we have yet to know what stage is her cancer and whether the cancer can still be removed from her body or it has metastasized to other ...
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Are you unofficially a PhD holder after passing viva voce for PhD? [duplicate]

In my university, after passing a viva voce examination, it will take more than 3 months before the university issues an official letter/transcript/certificate to certify that one is officially a PhD ...
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Can a PhD supervisor/advisor speak in the defense meeting? [closed]

In a defense meeting, the PhD candidate was struggling to answer a question. His supervisor attempted to clarify the issue, but the examiner (chair of the jury) kindly reminded him that supervisor is ...
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Is it acceptable to use personal experience when opening in presentation of my thesis?

Is it acceptable to use personal experience when opening in presentation of my thesis as long as it is relevant and contribute to the presentation of the literature, justification or methodology of ...
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Supervisor continues to boss me around long after I left the university

I have submitted the PhD thesis for examination more than 2 months ago. I am currently working with full time job as a researcher in industry. While I am still subject to my supervisor as I have yet ...
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Time between Viva (minor corrections) and the letter

I have been awarded a PhD today with minor corrections (yay!). I am not very relieved yet, because I signed a job contract that says that the deadline to provide a proof of a PhD award is September. I ...
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Is it advisable to give a handout with the slides to the jury of my PhD defense?

I am preparing for my PhD oral defense in engineering. It consists of two parts: first, a 40-minute long (public) presentation; then, Q&A with the jury. Question: Is it advisable to give a ...
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Stress and anxiety while waiting for PhD viva

I submitted my PhD thesis more than a month ago. I was told by the Postgraduate Department that I would have my oral examination in six weeks. It's been six weeks already and I haven't heard any news. ...
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Does publishing in a journal and getting cited constitute a “contribution to knowledge”?

If I publish my research in a respected journal and I get cited a few times in less than a year (cited as part of the literature review and background of my field), does this mean my work is a "...
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Things to do while waiting for PhD viva [closed]

I recently submitted PhD thesis for examination. I have applied to several job positions previously but all of employers turned me down as they deemed I am overqualified for the job. Based on your ...
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What makes the difference between “summa cum laude” and “magna cum laude”?

The evaluation of PhD candidate is done based on his/her thesis, his defence presentation and the oral examination (in some countries). If the examiners do not find so much to argue about, the ...
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Standardized dates for master's thesis submission and viva [closed]

In my North African country, or at least in my department, one deadline for the master's thesis submission and one date for the viva apply to all the class (around 20). I found these standardized ...
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Submitting thesis without supervisors' reviews [closed]

I am a Ph.D. student, about to finish my thesis draft. My case is a bit special as I didn't receive any guidance from my supervisors. It is very unlikely that they know details about my work, results ...
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Can I use figures from papers published by other authors in (the literature survey part) my thesis defense presentation?

Scholarly work usually requires comparing methods in the recent literature. Such work can be explained elaborately in words for an article but not so easily in a presentation. I would like to ...
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How to ask the committee about the schedule of the defense [duplicate]

Could you help me please to write an email to the committee members to ask them if they will be available on a date (say June 10th) and it works for them?
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My adviser will be out of the town during the semester when I'm planning to defend

Originally I was planning to defend my thesis during spring semester, however my adviser suggested me to delay my defense to the summer semester. He motivated this by the fact that my thesis writing ...
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How to make my master thesis defending smooth with good english speech?

My master thesis dissertation is approaching, but I have a few concerns. First of all, I am not native English speaker. When I practiced my presentation on my own (I recorded my speech), it was not ...
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Ask supervisor *not* to come to viva?

My viva is coming up, and one of my supervisors is planning to attend. I know that he won't be able to say anything during the viva itself, but I'm a little worried what he might say afterward while ...
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Thesis reviewer requests update to literature review to incorporate last four years of research. Do I need to do this?

I'm about to defend my Phd thesis in November 2016 in software engineering. I started my Phd in February 2010. One of my thesis reviewers stated in his review comments that my bibliography references ...
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How common is it to have a demo at a doctoral thesis defence session?

It is customary (at least from where I'm from) to have undergraduate and masters thesis viva voce with project demos. So far, I have never been to a PhD thesis defence viva voce which had a demo in it....
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What are the most important things to include in your thesis defense presentation?

If you are creating a simulator of the existing system then should you present the details about the system or your simulator? or both? How technical you should go in your defense presentation? I ...
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How to schedule PhD defense

Currently it is my job to schedule (Date+Time) my PhD defense which shall take place in approx. 2 months from now. Hence, I have to ask all committee members about their availability. How should I ...
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What to do when PhD approval takes so long?

I am a PhD student in mathematics in Israel. I still have a couple of years until I graduate, so I am asking this question mostly out of curiosity. I've recently learned that at least in my ...
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Canadian External Examiner for UK PhD Viva advice

I have a PhD viva next week and have (very) recently that my examiner has no knowledge of the UK viva system My first question is what is the PhD defense failure rate in Canada? (I'm not sure if I ...
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Benefits to supervisor presence at viva in the UK?

I was wondering if anyone can help me decide if I should ask my supervisor to be present at my Viva.
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How important is the Ph.D. Thesis?

It may sound an insincere question but bear with me, please. I am just starting to write my thesis. I got some good publications along the way, and I have a couple under review which I hope will get ...
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Is it good idea to put a slide about “National Teacher Appreciation Day” at the end of presentation slides at my masters defense?

Tomorrow I have my master's project defense. So, I will be presenting and defending on my project "Course Advising System". I just noticed that tomorrow is a National Teacher Appreciation Day. Is it ...
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Parents attending thesis defense?

My wife is defending her thesis soon, and in her department, defenses are open to the public. I will be there along with several of her friends/colleagues. Her mom also wants to come to the defense. ...