Prepare for the Doctoral Defense

Prepare for the Doctoral Defense06.05.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon)onlineDr. Dunja Mohr
Prepare for the Doctoral Defense07.05.2024 09:00 - 16:00 (Tue)onlineDr. Dunja Mohr
Prepare for the Doctoral Defense: Follow Up16.05.2024 09:00 - 16:00 (Thu)onlineDr. Dunja Mohr
Efficient and strategic preparation of the viva voce (structure, topic selection, mock defense), Regulations and procedures, Audience/committee targeting, Stress management, Killer questions and answer strategies (communication strategies)
Course Description: 

You’re writing up the last papers? You’re almost done with your doctoral thesis? You’re asking yourself how to condense your thesis into a 15-30 minutes presentation and how to prepare for what kind of questions? 

 This workshop effectively provides you with key knowledge about the regulations and committee expectations and the essential tools for your doctoral defense. 

You learn:

  • what’s important when you structure and condense your thesis into a 15-30 min. presentation
  • how to design an interesting and compelling research narrative
  • how to strategically prepare for the Q&A
  • what typical (killer) questions and situations to expect and to anticipate…
  • …and how to deal with them
  • How to deal with exam anxiety and stage fright

Why three days? Because this workshop puts theory into practice and all participants get a chance to present (you can choose between a full mock defense, a 20 min. or a short presentation) and receive individual feedback.

Course aims: 
  • Efficient and strategic preparation of project presentation (thesis)
  • Improvement of communication and presentations skills
  • Audience targeting
  • Reviewing process
Teaching methods: 

Input, discussion, partner and group work, presentation training, role play

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

During the doctorate | at the end of the doctorate

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Course preparation: 

Prior to the workshop, all participants receive a questionnaire and are required to send in a short abstract if they choose to present as well as tick off their choice of presentation.

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What participants say about this course: 
  • The trainer was really competent. It was a good practice for the defense.
  • Get to practice. Professional, very detailed suggestions and instructions. Get to change the perspective.
  • All students' requirements were met, very well structured.
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Graduate School Geschäftsstelle
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60 Euro
Dr. Dunja Mohr

Dr. Dunja Mohr, Go Academic!, senior scientist, certified coach, and trainer, has been offering workshops, group and individual coachings for foundations, clusters of excellence, Graduate schools, universities, and universities of applied science for over fifteen years. She has also been a coach for uni-support, Institut für Hochschulberatung, for ten years.