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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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Defending my PhD thesis in interdisciplinary work (mainly social sciences) in a life sciences college

I am a PhD student in a life sciences college. My PhD project is in collaboration with another research institute specializing in Biomedical ethics and religion. So my PhD work happens to be more of ...
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How to address impossible “minor” corrections in the UK?

I passed my PhD defense a few weeks ago with minor corrections (in the UK) in a particular field within applied mathematics. Although the corrections were supposed to be minor, the external examiner ...
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How to deal with an absentee advisor who is unreachable when trying to set up thesis defense

I'm a fifth year PhD student, which is the average year a student in my department graduates. For the majority of my time in my PhD program I've had an absentee advisor. He doesn't respond to emails ...
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Is it possible that my previous "milestone projects" (Master's thesis, quals project, doctoral dissertation) will be audited? [closed]

This post is also a bit of a follow up to this one: Found an error in one of the questions that appeared on screen for my dissertation study. Could this be an issue for my dissertation defense? Due to ...
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My PhD defense is next week and I am having negative thoughts about my work and knowledge. Any advice on how to tackle this?

I am presenting my PhD thesis in front of my committee next week and I feel that I have just not done enough. My work is simple and I also feel that I have poor theoretical foundations and am going to ...
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Found an error in one of the questions that appeared on screen for my dissertation study. Could this be an issue for my dissertation defense?

Fourth year student in Experimental Psychology who recently completed the minimum number of participants needed for data collection (although my advisor wants me to get more). I'm posting here since I ...
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Experiencing setbacks in my master's thesis defense twice—seeking a path to recovery

I am currently enrolled in a master's program at a European university. The first year went smoothly, but the second year presented challenges due to personal issues, exacerbated by the difficulty of ...
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Does cum laude in DEFENSE (not in THESIS) mean no academic career in Germany? [duplicate]

My PhD is in social studies. I received magna cum laude for the thesis and cum laude for the defense. The lower grade in the defense was the result of my nervousness and a personal issue with one of ...
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My PhD defense is next week. I feel that I have not done enough work to justify my time spent on the thesis. What can I do about this?

I spent 5 years on my mechanical engineering PhD. I think that my thesis work could have been done in 2 years by a serious student. I have wasted my time on futile work. I don't know how to justify ...
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Can a PhD Candidate Correct and Reprint Their Thesis After Submission/Print but Before Defense?

[Even though this question is specifically about Sweden, but might apply to other countries too] If a doctoral candidate has already submitted and printed their dissertation, but discovers errors in ...
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What is the actual date of PhD award (in India) [duplicate]

I have been awarded my PhD long back and I have my official award certificate from the university given in the annual degree convocation. However, often a question comes to my mind - What is my actual ...
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How to make presentation more visual when the subject is mathematical? [closed]

My defense is soon. I want to make the presentation engaging and visual but the topic is very mathematical. What can I do?
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Do some German universities never provide anyone with summa cum laude [closed]

So I had my defense recently, and I successfully passed it, so congratulations to me! I have some questions regarding the grading though, I received a 1.0 in both my thesis and my presentation, which ...
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On the presentation of results during the viva exam

In a few weeks time I will be having my viva exam and I was wondering of a few things regarding the presentation in which I will be presenting four algorithms from four of my published papers. Since ...
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What is the fastest way of completing my post viva thesis correction edits?

I have written my thesis using Word and Endnote. I have three months of corrections. Any general tips based on previous experience on how to streamline the edits would be welcome. The document is too ...
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Can I ask a specific person to leave my defence meeting?

There is a student that I helped a lot which I shouldn't. Now I don't like her to attend my defence while she has the same supervisor as me. Can I ask her to leave if my supervisor invited her by any ...
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Do I have an obligation to finish papers after submitting my PhD?

I'm aware this is similar to questions which have been asked previously (e.g. this question about PhD supervisor requests), however I believe due to the specific nature of the supervisor-student ...
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PhD Defense Belgium

I received an invitation to serve as a member of a PhD defense examiners' board at a Belgian university. While they have offered to cover travel expenses, there is no mention of remuneration. I am ...
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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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Should I defend my PhD at another university? [closed]

I'm doing my PhD at a university in Scandinavia, it's my own project (open call) and comes with funding (PhD salary from the university). Over the years, some people in the administration at the ...
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What should the difference be in content between thesis written submission and oral defense presentation?

I was just wondering if anyone has tips for a thesis defense presentation. One thing I don't understand is how it is supposed to differ from the written submission (which panelists will have already ...
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Correcting mistakes in PhD thesis that examiners missed

I finished my thesis defense and my examiners recommended minor corrections, all of which are based in the lit review and results chapters. However, after they approved the corrections I made, I ...
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If I saw a sentence, kept the words in a certain order to make it more succinct, is it plagiarism?

This is a sentence I read from a previous student's thesis: Chemical products were measured by loading x μL of reaction A on a gel (3-10% w/v, depending on your need and availability of machine) ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

I am a final-year PhD student in Canada studying cybersecurity. During my PhD, I did not have very good supervision. I told them I wanted to defend soon. However, one of my supervisors keeps on ...
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How many publications is seen as a good number for a Ph.D. thesis defender in CS field? [closed]

I know that the question may sound a bit context related (country, university, topic of the Ph.D.) but in general nowadays, how many publications (conference + journal) are Ph.D. students required to ...
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Any Solutions To Viva Deadlocks? [closed]

The field: humanities - combining historical research done via study of old manuscripts written in late middle ages versions of a now uncommon European language. The situation: a previously stellar ...
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What are the arguments in favour of making the PhD defense open or closed?

While it appears to be standard practice in all the examples I've heard of for examining committees to conduct their deliberation in camera, I've noticed that the rules regarding who can attend what ...
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What will happen if the panelist in my thesis defense does not like my thesis in College level? Will I fail?

I am currently graduating student and having a thesis project to pass the course and requirement for graduation. Is it possible to fail the my program if the panelist in my defense does not like my ...
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If the dissertation defense is completed and passed prior to the completion of the program classes, is the student considered a Doctor? [closed]

Courses not passed or taken but dissertation and defense completed with approval/passing.
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What might be a "compelling" reason for applying to defend my ph.d. degree remotely?

I'm going to defend my dissertation soon and the school has a strict requirement for allowing remote defense. Under highly unusual circumstances they'll approve a remote defense, and they said ...
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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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My supervisor does not have time to read my thesis, what do I do?

I am a master's student, I started my degree in 2018. I wrote my thesis and sent it to both my main supervisor and co-supervisor a month ago and ask them to read but my main prof did not have time to ...
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How to ask my PhD advisor to let me schedule a defense

I am nearing the end of my part-time doctoral journey (EE). I have successfully worked on a number of topics and have already published more than the average full-time doctoral graduate in my advisor'...
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My relationship with my supervisor has turned bad and she does not respond to my emails. Can I defend my thesis elsewhere in Germany?

I am in the last semester of my PhD. in Germany and my professor did not extend my job contract. I am an international student and my stay is guaranteed by a residence permit here. Due to the visa ...
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Is it common and a good idea to give PhD candidates access to examiners’ assessments prior to their defense?

At my university (in Germany), a discussion is going on for some months. The issue is that some (professors and PhD students) want to establish a policy that, prior to the oral defense of their PhD ...
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What are unique tips for giving a 15-minute defense presentation about your research study? [closed]

Tomorrow will be my final defense presentation. How do I make sure that everything will go as planned? Any unique tips from any aspects of the presentation that you can give me? Thanks in advance!
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Is it inappropriate for a student to attend their mentor's dissertation defense?

I'm an undergraduate student at a research one university. My former instructor and current research mentor is defending their dissertation soon. I asked if I could attend and they said they would be ...
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What does "covering your variables" mean as a thesis defense question?

I'm looking into lists of questions that I might encounter in my MSc thesis defense. One such list is Tamer Suggested: Top 60 Questions Frequently Asked During Thesis Defence. Some of the questions in ...
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How to politely ask for a pre-defence review (areas of concern/topics that need to be covered)?

Could you please give some suggestions for asking pre-defence review from an opponent. In my case, I have to do it by myself by writing an e-mail. What words would be appropriate and what should be ...
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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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What to do?: Completely New Revision Requests a Month after a Defense

I successfully defended my dissertation one month before. My department head even emailed to congratulate me. I was given only one clear set of revision requests to do, for approval signatures. ...
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What is the role of an examiner in an undergraduate defence in Tunisia?

What is the role of an examiner in a undergraduate defence (license) knowing that the jury is made up of a rapporteur who is both president, examiner and both academic and professional supervisors? ...
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My advisor is not letting me graduate my masters and join Ph.D in a new lab

It has been almost 3.5 years since the start of my Master's, and I want to graduate this December. My advisor wants me to stay and work with him for some more time. I don't want that. When I asked for ...
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When to take questions during a thesis defense?

I am going do do my thesis defense next week. I am not nervous. On the contrary, I am so over-relaxed that my instincts tell me this will cause a problem during my defense. I am not sure when to take ...
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The benefits of strong PhD dissertation referees in case of a 3 paper dissertation?

I have submitted a three paper PhD thesis. At my university, there is no defense. Instead, four referees read, make a decision, and may ask for revisions, similar to a paper review process. My ...
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Criteria for an external examiner for PhD viva?

My supervisor has asked me to compile a list (in order of preference) of potential examiners for my viva. Subject area How close to my own subject area should I look? My thoughts so far are that I ...
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It has been 6.5 years of my PhD and I am not seeing the end. What to do?

My advisor is a decent person. She is helpful and supportive. She has continued to support me throughout financially. However, she advices me that I should have offers before submitting my thesis and ...
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I have defended my PhD thesis yesterday. Can I ask a committee member for his feedback on my answers during question-answer session?

My PhD is in computational Materials science. I successfully defended my thesis yesterday. However, I felt that one of the committee members was starting to get angry with my answers. I was trying to ...
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PhD defense in Germany: How do they decide for the final grade?

I am a PhD student in Germany (physics) and I will have my PhD defense in some months. I am not German. My thesis is mainly based on two Physical Review Letters and a paper not yet published (...
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Two weeks prior to PhD viva, what should I do?

update: I passed my viva this week, thank you so much for your kind support! Thank you so much for your encouraging comments in my previous post regarding PhD thesis submission (What should I do the ...