Useful suggestions and materials
Choose a topic that interests you and which offers an in-depth exploration challenge. When choosing a topic, try to formulate the subject field that interests you, get acquainted with the enterprises engaged in the topics/the subject field and with the topics proposed by the department, also consult the potential supervisors.
If you have chosen the topic of your thesis independently from the supervisor, you should find a supervisor engaged in the relevant field. A thesis may be supervised by two supervisors, from which at least one shall be a member of the TalTech academic staff (incl. PhD students). If the principal supervisor is from outside TalTech, find a co-supervisor from TalTech. If the supervisor is from another TalTech school or department, consent of the head of the study programme is required.
In order to gather inspiration for a thesis topic, it is worth to check previously defended theses, it will also give an idea of the degree of complexity of the theses.
Students' theses are available at the TalTech digital library.
Go and watch another defense before your defense date. Being aware of how the whole process looks like makes you calm and increases your self-confidence.
Course of the academic defense day
First the floor will be taken by the chairman of the defense committee, who will give a brief overview of the upcoming day and introduce the members of the committee. The chairman of the committee will introduce each defense speech separately.
Each student's defense procedure includes the following:
- Defense speech (presentation) - 10 - 15 minutes in case of master's thesis (lenght of the defense speech is set by the department).
- Questions to the defender - 5-10 minutes
- Questions of the reviewer (in case of master's thesis)
- Questions of the committee
- Questions from the audience
- Supervisor's opinion
- Closing remarks by the defender (as a rule, gratitude is expressed to the supervisors and everyone, who provided assistance in writing the thesis).
The committee makes a decision
After the last defense speech the committee will stay in the room to make their decision. The results will be disclosed on the same day, in 10-30 minutes.