The Thesis/Dissertation Defense

Stage 2 - Preparing the Proposal

Stage 3- Conducting the Research

So take a positive attitude to all the scribbles with which your adviser decorates your text: each comment tells you a way in which you can make your thesis better.

Stage 4- Writing the Research Paper*

33. It's important that you have the feeling when entering your defensethat you aren't doing it alone. As was mentioned earlier, your major professorshould be seen as an ally to you and "in your corner" at thedefense. Don't forget, if you embarrass yourself at the defense you willalso be embarrassing your dissertation director. So, give both of you achance to guarantee there is no embarrassment. Meet together ahead of timeand discuss the strategy you should use at the defense. Identify any possibleproblems that may occur and discuss ways that they should be dealt with.Try and make the defense more of a team effort.

Even for native speakers of English who write very well in other styles, one notices an enormous improvement in the first drafts from the first to the last chapter written.


It alsoexplains the practicalities of surviving the ordeal.

cosmologists, genetics, aerospace are learning the value of our approach) there is a downside, in that often, a PhD takes a year to get to see what is worth building - this is why it is often wirth doing a PhDin a larger research project context (just as physicists go and usethe accelerator at CERN.....:-) >It would be nice if we could turn these rough notes into >a good collection of advice, so if you've got any contributions >(questions students would like answered or advice from staff >who have examined PhDs) then please email me and I'll add them to >the Web page.

Link the failings of related work to your ownwork.

31. Find opportunities to discuss your research with your friends andcolleagues. Listen carefully to their questions. See if you are able topresent your research in a clear and coherent manner. Are there aspectsof your research that are particularly confusing and need further explanation?Are there things that you forgot to say? Could you change the order ofthe information presented and have it become more understandable?

These key words provide a skeleton for much of your chapter outline.

The report concerns a problem or series of problems in your area of research and it should describe what was known about it previously, what you did towards solving it, what you think your results mean, and where or how further progress in the field can be made.

for staff, but the required standard is very high).

we also use autmoatic systems to allow us to analyze the resultssometimes, so we can cope with exploring the large design space of avirtual system in a phd lifetime - physcists, chemists and engineers (e.g.

At UCL your thesis must have a THEME.

(Pascal: "I would have written a shorter letter but I didn't have the time".) The important point is what you are saying, not putting a very large number of words on paper.