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Thesis Defense Training


11. June 2018 09:00 – 12. June 2018 17:00

Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, 1. OG, Seminar room 01.0030

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. In the first part of the workshop, you get practical tips for your 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, you get the chance to give your presentation and to receive feedback from the group and from the trainer.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you

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


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


June 11, 2018, 9 am–5 pm, and
June 12, 2018, 9 am–5 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates from all disciplines


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At, deadline May 28, 2018
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

Event Organizer

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