The Departmental Oral Examination
Once the student and supervisor agree that the research work and written thesis are complete, the supervisor notifies the Office of Student Services that the PhD candidate is ready to defend the thesis in a formal presentation.
The student must successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination before proceeding to the Departmental Oral Examination.
Booking a Departmental Oral Examination
Once the supervisor, student, and other members of the Departmental Oral Examination Committee agree on a suitable date and time to hold the exam, the supervisor requests a booking from the Office of Student Services at least 4 weeks prior to the requested date.
Composition of the Departmental Oral Examination Committee
The committee consists of four to six members of the graduate faculty, including members of the PhD Supervisory Committee and the exam chair.
Conduct of the Departmental Oral Examination
Before the examination begins, the examining committee meets to review the Departmental policies for granting a degree program, the duties of the Chair of the Examination Committee, and the academic history of the student.
As part of the examination, the student is asked to make a 20-minute presentation in defense of his or her thesis, followed by a question and answer period. There is no time limit for the question and answer period.
At the end of the question and answer period, the candidate will be asked to leave the room for the committee to deliberate on the final recommendation. The student is informed of the committee’s recommendation soon after the recommendation is made.