XDOC2015 Preparing for the doctoral defence (2 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


This course provides support for doctoral students who are in the final stages of their dissertation process. We will discuss and work on different forms of publicising doctoral research findings (e.g. press release, elevator pitch, introductory lecture or lectio praecursoria). The defence day procedures, such as engaging in a debate with the opponent at the public defence ceremony or delivering speeches at the defence celebration will also be covered in detail. Giving and receiving peer support form an important part of the course.

Depending on their needs, students will have the option to complete their final assignment in either English or Finnish.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants are expected to…

  • be familiar with the stages and procedures of the public defence ceremony and understand the practices, rights and responsibilities of their role as doctoral candidates
  • understand the purpose and characteristics of different forms of publicising their research findings
  • be able to prepare and deliver a press release, an elevator pitch and introductory lecture
  • be familiar with the formal requirements when giving speeches at the defence celebration

Additional information

For any questions concerning this course, please contact the course-specific responsible teacher and not the curriculum-level responsible teacher whose contact information you see on this page. You can find the course teachers and their contact information by going to Completion methods -> Teaching -> Basic Information. 

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
PASS-FAIL: Compulsory and active participation. Successful completion of core assignments. Final grading is based on the corresponding grading scale for the course.
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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish