Thesis Defense (DLMMTHE02)

Course No.:


Course Title:

Thesis Defense

Hours Total:

60 h

Credit Points:


Course Type: Pflicht

Course Availability: WS, SS

Course Duration: 1 Semester

Admission Requirements:

See current study and exam regulations (SPO)

Course Coordinator / Instructor:

See current list of tutors in the Learning Management System

References to Other Modules:

Please see module description

Course Description:

The thesis defense takes place after the written master thesis has been handed in by the student. The examiners (the supervisor and a second examiner) will invite the student to the defense. During the presentation, the student will demonstrate that he/she personally has independently produced the content and the results of their written thesis.

The thesis defense consists of a presentation where the student discusses the most significant research outcomes and the results of their thesis, followed by a question-and-answer session chaired by the examiners.

Course Objectives and Outcome:

The main objective of the thesis defense is for the student to prove their competence in research methodology and the specific subject matter. The students should also be able to actively participate in a subject specific discussion at a higher academic level with subject area experts. Additionally, the defense will evaluate the academic presentation skills and overall communication skills of the student.

Teaching Methods:

The students will be provided with adequate presentation technologies.

Course Content:

The thesis defense consists of a presentation of the  results and applied method of the master thesis, followed by a question-and-answer session chaired by the examiners.


• Subject specific literature chosen by the student

Prerequisites to Qualify for Assessment:



• Presentation (15 minutes)
• Oral examination (30 minutes)

The examiners evaluate the student according to the following grading criteria:
• Understanding and application of appropriate scientific methods
• Structure and content of the presentation
• Capability to academically defend a master thesis
• Quality of answers to the examination questions

Student Workload (in hours): 60 h

Preparation: 59 h
Oral Exam: 1 h