Thesis defense procedures - What to do when

General information | Thesis defense @ UNIL | Thesis defense @ UNIGE | Writing a thesis with articles
 

General information

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.

For COVID-related changes and updates please contact the LNDS coordinator.

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Thesis defense @ UNIL

 

Thesis defense @ UNIGE

  • Template to prepare your thesis title page in doc-format
  • Link to template for preparing your thesis title page (in tex-format; by courtesy of K. Emmert)
  • Introductory/Oral exam - All faculties: This report form must be filled and signed by all jury members. Please send the original to the secretariat of your faculty after the exam. Jury signatures must be original, no copies are accepted! Send a copy to the LNDS coordinator to receive your LNDS thesis number for final manuscript submission. (scanned documents accepted until further notice!)
  • Public defense of students enrolled in the Faculty of Sciences or Medicine: This report form must be filled and signed by all jury members. Please send the original to the secretariat of your faculty after the exam. Jury signatures must be original, no copies are accepted! Send a copy to the LNDS coordinator to receive your LNDS thesis number for final manuscript submission. (scanned documents accepted until further notice!)
     
  • Public defense of students enrolled in the FPSE: This report form must be filled and signed by all jury members. Please send the original to the secretariat of your faculty after the exam. Jury signatures must be original, no copies are accepted! Send a copy to the LNDS coordinator to receive your LNDS thesis number for final manuscript submission. (scanned documents accepted until further notice!)
     
  • Template for the thesis report to be done by jury experts and the thesis director(s)

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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.

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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.

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