The thesis defense usually takes place between 3-5 years after the enrollment in the doctoral program.
Please carefully read the documents below listing details on the end-of-thesis and defense procedures that vary between universities and faculties.
Please find here some more links to Unige websites regarding thesis defense procedures in general, e.g.
Here is also a link to the free software to help you with grammar and style checking during thesis (and paper) writing.
Writing a thesis with articles
You can replace the methods and results section of your thesis with articles only if you have at least one article published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Your contribution must be significant for an article to be considered as part of your thesis. Reviews cannot be used to replace any part of your thesis. Each thesis project is different. Sometimes, a chain of experiments leads to a publication in a high-impact journal; sometimes a discovery is dispersed across several publications ....
Please read the document below for more information, but contact to LNDS coordinator to inquire on specific aspects and in case of doubts whether your work is eligible for a thesis based on articles.