Thesis-Defense Training – Online Course


10. Dezember 2020 09:00 – 11. Dezember 2020 17:00


During the defense of your doctoral thesis, you have to present your research to the board of examiners and then answer critical questions. This workshop is designed to prepare you optimally for this situation. The first part of the workshop will provide practical tips for your introductory presentation: how to structure the presentation, how to build your central argument, what language to use, and so on. The second part of the workshop will deal with typical problems that occur during the discussion: how to respond to criticism and “killer questions”, how to deal with stage fright, mental blocks, and similar. The third part of the workshop will offer you the opportunity to give your presentation and receive feedback from the group and trainer.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be able to give a convincing and well-structured presentation (input and exercises on argumentation and presentation techniques).
  • You will be able to deal in a confident manner with counterarguments and critical questions (test presentations and discussion exercises).
  • You will be well prepared and feel confident about your thesis defense (input on setting, roles, and expectations concerning thesis defense).


To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), possibly a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Please note that this is not a course for learning the English language. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


December 10, 2020, 9 am–2 pm, and
December 11, 2020, 9 am–5 pm

After the course participants can schedule an individual appointment with the trainer where they can discuss aspects of their thesis defense presentation.

Target group

Doctoral candidates from all ­disciplines in their final year


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At , deadline November 25, 2020
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.


Dr. Malte Engel, www.argumentationskompetenz.de


MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences