Dissertation defense


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You have prepared a dissertation and have already gone through many stages on the way to a degree. Now the main thing remains – the defense of the dissertation. It takes place in several stages. Consider each of them in more detail. You have completed the preparation of scientific work. Now they have the right to it, and your head, members of the department, scientific departments, and opponents should be acquainted. Sending documents of the dissertation commission If you have passed the preliminary defense – congratulations! The next step is to collect the documents and send them to the dissertation council. This list should consist of the following documents:
  • Personal sheet of personnel records
  • Diploma photocopy
  • Certificate confirming that you have passed candidate exams
  • Thesis text
  • Characteristics of the admitting organization
The main dissertation defense The applicant publishes an abstract and an announcement with information about where and when protection will take place. You have to take care of everything: so that all members of the council, opponents, scientists, as well as all technical means, and little things up to glasses and water are present. Also the applicant is preparing a draft conclusion. A common tradition is to set up a banquet after defending. Not necessarily, but suddenly you will want to later defend a doctoral … So, you stand in front of the commission. It is important to look confident, clean, tidy and businesslike. The report (which should be clear and precise) must be presented in the best form – speak loudly, confidently, show yourself as a real expert. Thesis defense procedure The chairman of the meeting of the commission announces its opening. The secretary reads out the personal file of the candidate. That very moment came when you submit your report. About 20 minutes will be allotted to it, not more, so be concise. After you finish, board members will ask questions. Then the word is given to the head of the applicant. When he finishes reading his testimony, the secretary speaks, announcing reviews collected from the department, organizations and received reviews on the author’s abstract. The applicant can answer questions or criticism. Then opponents come up with feedback on the work. The applicant can also answer them. Next, an open discussion is announced, during which the council speaks with criticism or in support of the applicant. The decisive moment is the vote. It is held secretly during a short break. After the break, the result is announced. The board must approve it. The author says the answer word. The last moment of the meeting is the draft conclusion. Board members discuss it and take the final version. That’s all!