Thesis, Defence, and Graduation

Thesis Preparation

Students must consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies instructions on preparing a graduate thesis.  Contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with questions before beginning your final draft. The supervisor should read the complete thesis in draft form, and the appropriate revisions be made before the other members of the student's Supervisory Committee read the thesis. The examination copy of the thesis should not be prepared before the revisions suggested by the rest of the Committee have been incorporated.

Doctoral candidates should begin preparation for the thesis defense at least three months before the completion of the theses. Prior to submission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the thesis must be read by at least two of three supervisory committee members of which one (1) will be on the final thesis examination committee.

PhD Thesis Oral Defence

Students must follow the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies oral defense procedures. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all these procedures are carried out by the appropriate person (the student, the Research Supervisor, or the Chairman of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience) and in a timely fashion.

The Neuroscience GSA provides a free mock defence service.  If you need help, please contact the GSA.


Review and follow the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies graduation procedures.