After handing over your completed PhD thesis, you still have one big hurdle on the way: PhD defense. It is the moment that every PhD candidate dreads and looks ahead to. They think of standing frozen in front of everyone to answer tricky questions. But it does not have to be this way if you prepare well. In this post, we will demonstrate how to prepare for PhD defense presentation and answer the questions directed at you with confidence.
The components of a doctoral dissertation and their order
On the morning of Tom Marshall's PhD defence, he put on the suit he had bought for the occasion and climbed onto the stage in front of a strong audience, including his parents and 6 examiners. He gave a minute-long presentation, then faced an hour of cross-examination about his past 5 years of neuroscience research at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. A lot was at stake: this oral examination would determine whether he passed or failed. I had enjoyed the whole experience far too much, and ended up talking for a few extra minutes.
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