Oral Defense of Your Thesis
This is the exam format used here at UWO.
For a M. Sc.
- The Board of Examiners consists of three examiners normally two from your
department and one out side the department.
For the Ph. D.
- The examiners are the same except that an expert in your field from
outside your university is added, the external examiner.
The internal examiners:
- The internal examiners will most probably be outside the specific field
of your research.
- It is therefore unlikely that they will know more about your field than
- Where they may stump you is on how more general areas impact on your
- To defend your thesis properly, you must have a good well rounded
knowledge of neuroscience. Beside taking courses in neuroscience, get into the habit of
reading in areas outside your immediate field.
The external examiners:
- The external examiners will most probably know the specific field of your
- Find out what their research interests are.
The exam consists of questions from each of the examiners in turn; of two rounds of 15
min. each from each for a total of about two hours.
The examiners then vote on:
The content of the thesis.
- You should have no trouble with this, particularly if you have had
effective meetings with your advisory committee.
The form of the thesis.
- Again no problems, if you and others have proofed the thesis carefully.
The oral defense.
- If you understand what you did, and the implications of your results on
your field and related areas, this should also be a snap.
Copyright © 1995
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
Created 28 Sept 1995
10 January 2007