XDOC2015 Preparing for the doctoral defence (2 cr)

Study level:
Postgraduate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish, Swedish
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2024-2025, 2025-2026, 2026-2027, 2027-2028


Course description

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 and introductory lecture or lectio praecursoria). The students will also practise discussing and defending their research in order to prepare for the public defence ceremony. 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, Finnish or Swedish.

Main content

  • Publicising research findings (e.g. press release, introductory lecture)

  • Practicing for the defence day

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants are expected to…

- understand the purpose of publicising their research findings in different forms 

- be able to communicate their research findings to a wider audience in forms such as a press release and introductory lecture 

- discuss and defend their research findings e.g. in the public defence ceremony 

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.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

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