Thesis-Defense Training – Online Course


27. September 2021 09:00 – 28. September 2021 17:00
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During the defense of your doctoral thesis, you have to give a presentation of 10 to 30 minutes, which is followed by a discussion. 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).


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

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.


September 27, 2021, 9 am–2 pm, and
September 28, 2021, 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


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


Please register until September 13, 2021 using the online registration form.


Dr. Friederike Schmitz, www.argumentationskompetenz.de


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