Thesis Defense Training

Also available as Online-Course!

During the defense of their thesis, doctoral students have to give a presen-tation of 10 to 30 minutes which is followed by a discussion. This workshopis designed to prepare doctoral students optimally for this situation.

In the first part of the workshop the participants get practical tips for their introductory presentation: how to structure the presentation, how to build up the central argument, what language to use, etc.

The second part of the workshop deals with typical problems that occur during the discussion: How to respond to criticism and “killer-questions”, how to deal with stage fright and black-outs, etc.

In the third part of the workshop, participants get the chance to give their presentation and to receive feedback from the group and from the trainer.

Critical Reasoning and Logic

Argumentation in Scientific Writing

Discussing and Communicating Research

Communicating Science



tips and exercises for a convincing presentation


types of questions (counter-arguments, critical questions etc.) and how to deal with them


setting and roles during the defense


how to deal with stage fright and blackouts


presentations by participants and feedback from the group and the trainer


The participants…


give a convincing and well-structured presentation


deal in a confident manner with counter arguments and critical questions


are well prepared and feel confident about their thesis defense


The methods are interactive throughout the workshop. The participants get the chance to practice their presentation and to receive feedback from the group and from the trainer.

Groupsize/ Duration

Max. 10 participants


2 days, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


script including a bibliography (pdf document)


exercise sheets

We are happy to send you a seminar script with a detailed time line and explanations to the single methods on your request.  Contact us.

Our participants state…

University of Basel - Faculty of Psychology

”This was one of the most helpflul workshops I have attended during my PhD so far. It was very engaging, and the whole workshop, and especially the exercises, were very helpful not only for the preparation of my defense, but also for the thesis itself. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is about to start writing the thesis.”

(Oct 2020)

Marburg University- Research Academy

”This workshop was very useful, it helped me to better understand the structure of my presentation. Thank you very much.”

(Dec 2019)

Bauhaus Research School

”The workshop is great help to prepare the defence presentation.”

(Oct 2019)

„Sehr guter Workshop. Inhalte sind auch relevant, wenn Disputation erst in einem Jahr stattfindet.“ (Juni 2019)

Universität Chemnitz

„Der Kurs ist von sehr hoher Relevanz und hat sehr guten Nutzen für jeden, der seine Disputation vorbereiten muss.” (Januar 2019)

Universität Heidelberg Graduiertenakademie

„Der Dozent überzeugt durch hohe fachliche Kompetenz und hat den entspannten, souveränen Auftritt.“ (Februar 2018)

Universität Chemnitz

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