I recently submitted PhD thesis for examination. I have applied to several job positions previously but all of employers turned me down as they deemed I am overqualified for the job. Based on your experiences, what did you do while waiting for PhD viva? It appears that my waiting time will range from 7 weeks to up to a semester. That is a lot of time. I plan to write the research papers but I at the same time I also want to have a job since I am currently not funded.

Is it possible to do postdoc while waiting for PhD verdict?

The evaluation of PhD candidate is done based on his/her thesis, his defence presentation and the oral examination (in some countries). If the examiners do not find so much to argue about, the candidate gets “magna cum laude”. In some cases, he may get “summa cum laude”.

By attending some PhD examinations and reading the theses, I could not find the key factor, which distinguishes between these two academic honours. The publication list was not a criterion as well. Note that I am talking about examinations in the same faculty of the same university.

Since there is no concrete evaluation of the PhD examination, how examiners decide to give “summa cum laude” instead of “magna cum laude”? In other words, what can the candidate do to make this difference?

In my North African country, or at least in my department, one deadline for the master’s thesis submission and one date for the viva apply to all the class (around 20).

I found these standardized dates inconvenient. I expected an individual but reasonable date.

Is this approach common in European (especially British), American, and Australian universities?

(Note: the master’s and PhD programs are separate; one cannot proceed to the PhD without first acquiring a master’s degree.)

Field: Sociology (English)

I am a Ph.D. student, about to finish my thesis draft. My case is a bit special as I didn’t receive any guidance from my supervisors. It is very unlikely that they know details about my work, results or even what I propose in my research.
I have submitted three journal papers but I will receive reviews, not before my thesis submission. As, I don’t have the official approval of my results, so I have second thoughts about my work. Although, I have worked hard enough and was honest in my research.

I request the suggestions about how can I proceed? Is it ok to submit my thesis to reviewers/reporters without my supervisor’s reviews?

Thank you a million in advance

Scholarly work usually requires comparing methods in the recent literature. Such work can be explained elaborately in words for an article but not so easily in a presentation. I would like to illustrate the existing methods in my thesis defence. It would make sense to use the figures as published in the papers themselves (with appropriate citation, of course).

My question is that would it be enough to just cite the papers along with the figures reproduced or do I require any prior permission from the authors or publisher before doing so?

It is well known that the act of copy-pasting previously published figures for publishing in another paper without prior permission is unacceptable even with relevant citation. How would this be in the case of a thesis defence (or any other public presentation)?

Originally I was planning to defend my thesis during spring semester, however my adviser suggested me to delay my defense to the summer semester. He motivated this by the fact that my thesis writing need more work, even though my research results are good and ready.

After I declined Spring graduation, he told me that during the Summer semester he won’t be at the University, which I didn’t like, because, first of all, he didn’t warn me about this in advance (even, as I know, he knew that he is going to another state during summer before delaying my thesis defense), and also this means that my professor doesn’t care much about me and my defense, and that I have to delay my defense again to the Winter Semester, which I don’t like either, since I think I’m ready to defend in Summer.

Because my adviser is a thesis committee chair, I can’t defend without him, even if other committee members will be able to attend my defense. At the same time I don’t think that changing my adviser is a good idea, because we were working together for the past two years, he knows me and my research very well, and also there is no other professors at the department that have similar research interests.

So, I see another delaying of my graduation as the only option, which is very frustrating for me. I would appreciate any advice on this situation, and in particular, how to speed up my defense.

My master thesis dissertation is approaching, but I have a few concerns. First of all, I am not native English speaker. When I practiced my presentation on my own (I recorded my speech), it was not coherent to me. I feel that the transition between each sentence might be difficult to understand. Can anyone instruct me or provide me a useful English speech that is commonly used for thesis defending?

Second of all, I have limited time to present my work, and I tried to make my presentation as possible as clear to outliers. So to make the presentation clear, I have prepared some background knowledge for my audience, but the time to introduce this background knowledge in bioinformatics is more than what I expected. What should I do? My expected audience has a background in computer science, while I finished my thesis in bioinformatics. Can anyone give me possible ideas? Is there any volunteer that can give a useful English speech for thesis defense? Thanks a lot.

My viva is coming up, and one of my supervisors is planning to attend. I know that he won’t be able to say anything during the viva itself, but I’m a little worried what he might say afterward while the examiners are discussing my fate. He’s a good supervisor, and thinks very highly of my work, but he does have a tendency to agree with whomever he’s speaking to at the moment. For example, if the examiners were discussing a small potential change to my thesis, I’m afraid his enthusiasm might get the better of him, and he might “volunteer” me to make a bigger change than the examiners expected or even suggest additional experiments which are beyond the scope of my PhD.

Does that scenario seem plausible, or am I worried over nothing? If there is reason to be concerned, I might ask my supervisor not to come, explaining that his presence might “make me more nervous” to avoid hurting his feelings.

If it helps, I’m in a small country which has an academic system very similar to the U.K. I have read Benefits to supervisor presence at viva in the UK?, but my question is a little different since I have a specific concern, and the supervisor in question has already invited himself.

My viva is coming up, and one of my supervisors is planning to attend. I know that he won’t be able to say anything during the viva itself, but I’m a little worried what he might say afterward while the examiners are discussing my fate. He’s a good supervisor, and thinks very highly of my work, but he does have a tendency to agree with whomever he’s speaking to at the moment. For example, if the examiners were discussing a small potential change to my thesis, I’m afraid his enthusiasm might get the better of him, and he might “volunteer” me to make a bigger change than the examiners expected or even suggest additional experiments which are beyond the scope of my PhD.

Does that scenario seem plausible, or am I worried over nothing? If there is reason to be concerned, I might ask my supervisor not to come, explaining that his presence might “make me more nervous” to avoid hurting his feelings.

If it helps, I’m in a small country which has an academic system very similar to the U.K. I have read Benefits to supervisor presence at viva in the UK?, but my question is a little different since I have a specific concern, and the supervisor in question has already invited himself.

So I have to defend my master thesis in computer science in two weeks. It’s in Germany and the thesis is 30 credits. I’m wondering what could make someone fail his defense? In my thesis I mainly compare different approaches and algorithms and did experiments on them to answer some research questions. Would I fail if, for example, during the discussion a mistake in my comparison and evaluation approach is discovered which makes my results meaningless? Although I discussed my approach and everything I did with my advisor (postdoc not the prof), yet I still fear that I might have done something wrong and then everything collaps.

I still remember reading a question on this site where someone mentioned that he discovered a vital mistake in his PhD thesis after two years of the defense which made almost his entire thesis useless. Yet of course he didn’t lose his PhD degree. So if something like this happens, but during the defense, what could happen?

So how would one fail his master thesis defense? Just to calm down a bit and feel safe and secure!

Edit: I passed with an excellent grade :D.