• At the same moment of approval of the thesis report by the thesis advisor, the so called "green light", a date for the defense is set (Use form: "EEMCS MSc Final examination" and count thirty working days for administration). The student will make a reservation for a room/lecture hall.
  • At least twenty working days before the date of the thesis defense the student will supply a digital or printed copy of the final thesis report to the members of the Thesis Committee. Exceptions can be made upon agreement with the thesis advisor.
  • Ultimately after ten working days the thesis committee sends her reaction and eventually her request for completion to the student and thesis advisor. The student has five working days to incorporate the remarks into the report.
  • Ten working days before the defense the student sends a clear announcement of the thesis defense to the committee members, to the staff of the department of the chosen specialisation with the title of the thesis, the place of the defense, the date and time, the committee, and the abstract of his project (250 words). If the student desires, he or she may also invite family and friends.
  • Prior to the session, the student checks the room and the equipment (portable, beamer). After the session the student takes care that the room is brought back in order.
  • The public session starts with a short introduction by the chair of the thesis committee, introducing the candidate, the topic of the project, the members of the thesis committee and the examination procedure.
  • The student gives a 30-40 minutes presentation on the project. This should cover all aspects and phases of the project, starting with a clear problem definition and ending with conclusions. The presentation should be on a level that addresses the colleague students, i.e. it is not intended as a layman’s presentation. After the presentation 10 minutes are reserved for questions from the audience.
  • After the presentation and discussion, the thesis committee examines the candidate about the thesis. This will take a maximum of one hour and each committee member must have the opportunity to discuss the work in detail with the candidate.
  • After the examination, the committee withdraws to make their conclusion upon the grade.

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