What is more complicated than dissertation writing? It’s dissertation defense. No matter how hard you try to prepare for this moment, you can hardly guess what will be asked and what you should answer to win. Below, you will see samples of defense questions and winning answers.
You are supposed to explain the committee why you have chosen this topic, what is novel about the research, why it can be important, and what you have achieved in the process and as a result of your research. The committee needs to see how well you understand the subject, how deeply you have explored it, and even whether you are the author of your work. That’s why a single failure can ruin everything.
This is what needs to be explained in the abstract part of your work. If you have a good abstract, you’ll answer this question.
Say that your main motivation was a desire to study the problem, to explore it and research. Never mention any financial reasons or your desire to receive a diploma as a motivation.
Mention the new methods, new points of view that you have used, and the new results that you have achieved.
This question has to do with the uniqueness of your work. You need to convince them that your work is really important for the area.
Represent your findings clearly, logically, and concisely. Always connect the findings to the goals that have been stated in the beginning.
It’s clear that this question means an explanation of your research methods and the propriety of their choice.
Explain what you have explored, what you haven’t explored yet, what is interesting to you, and the way you see further researching of this area and the importance of such work.
Your ability to put the main stuff in a few words will add you many points.
Be careful and don’t let them think that your research is underexplored, the topic or the methods have been chosen wrongly, etc. Say that it was difficult to combine lectures with practical studies, that’s all.
If you are able to link your study to the existing theories, you will win a lot of points.
Ask at least one. Make sure it’s not silly.
Thank everybody for their attention and time. Impress them with your courtesy.