This information is offered to guide BPhil candidates as they plan for graduation and the thesis defense; students are encouraged to share this information with their thesis advisors.
Generally, the whole defense will not take more than two hours, butshould take considerably less time. Part of the challenge of a defenseis to convince the committee that you can summarize the important pointsof your work in a very limited time.
The defense itself usually proceeds as follows:
Third, a student should try to find some professors, friends, or classmates who are willing to read the thesis and ask questions about it. Ideally, the readers should know something about the general subject area of the thesis in order to be able to understand the terminology and the concepts, but even casual readers may ask questions that help the student realize what areas of the thesis he or she needs to study. If the student can organize a mock thesis defense, it may help prepare him or her psychologically for the format and intensity of the situation, and having practiced the scenario may make the thesis defense itself seem less daunting.