Thesis-Defense Training for PhD Students

During their thesis defense, doctoral students have to give a presen-tation of 10 to 30 minutes which is followed by a discussion. This workshop is 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.


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. Every participant gets the chance to present a summary of his or her research and to get feedback from the group and from the trainer.


  • 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 stagefright and blackouts
  • presentations by participants and feedback from the group and the trainer


  • seminar script including a bibliography (pdf document)
  • exercise sheets

Group size

Max. 10 participants


2 days, 9 am – 5 pm

Download  Thesis Defense Training PDF document

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