After several years of research and several months of writing it up as a dissertation you probably know more about the topic than anyone else in the world. Therefore, you will be able to respond easily and promptly to questions that come up.
Second, knowing that you are well prepared will give you confidence when you begin the presentation.
When scheduling the defense, the supervisor(s) must provide a description of any relationship of the candidate and his/her supervisor(s) with each of the examiners by completing the This includes but is not limited to disclosing any joint publication, joint grant tenure, supervisor/student relationship, that occurred in the last 6 years, any family or close friend relationship, and any other relation that may prevent the examiner from being objective. In addition, at least one other member of the committee must be at arm's length from the candidate and the supervisor(s), and must not have been associated with the supervision of the thesis.
For a Master examination, departmental guidelines stipulate at least one member of the committee must be at arm's length from the candidate and the supervisor(s).
Your written dissertation is long, maybe 200–300 pages.
The members of your committee have already read it, so there is no need to go over every detail.
If the Graduate Coordinator agrees that no conflict of interest exists with the proposed examiners then the Graduate Assistant or Graduate Coordinator will find a suitable Head's Delegate (from within the dept.) and Chair.
They will book the room, complete the scheduling forms (within the scheduling deadlines of 10 working days for Master thesis and 25 working days for Ph D. The candidate is responsible for delivering copies of the thesis to the other members of the examining committee and the Chair.
If these deadlines are not respected, the examination may be delayed.
The requirements for the format of theses are presented online and can be found at: The Department holds a library of previous theses in Mc Laughlin Hall, Room 312.