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What is included in the thesis defense presentation

For any student, a thesis is, first of all, the final stage of the learning path. It is not enough to prepare high-quality work that meets all the requirements of state standards and the head, it needs to be correctly presented. Higher education institutions do not always require the preparation of a defense presentation, but if such a need arises, some questions arise.

"How and what to do?". What should be the structure of the presentation? These and other questions are answered in the article.

Making a presentation for the thesis

Usually, in addition to the student, only his supervisor is familiar with the features and details of the diploma. Members of the attestation commission are unlikely to have time to fully evaluate the work on defense, so sometimes they pay more attention to the presentation and speech of the student, rather than the text of the diploma.

The value of the presentation should lie in the fact that it will reflect the main points regarding the content of the diploma prepared by the student.

A few simple tips:

  • the structure of the presentation for the defense of the thesis should be worked out in such a way that the total number of slides does not exceed 15 pieces. If there are fewer of them, it will become more difficult to reveal the essence, if there are more, then the defense will be delayed, which will negatively affect the adequacy of the assessment;

  • slides do not need to be overloaded with information. Less readable text and more words - the golden mean recommend service;

  • subject to the presentation of graphic information, individual elements should be carefully worked out. Figures should be clear, tables and diagrams should not be made unreadable.

What should be the structure

Like any other document, a presentation should begin with a title page. This is the first slide. It is recommended to indicate the following data on it after agreement with the head:

  • Thesis;

  • information about yourself (name, field of study);

  • information about the higher education institution (usually indicate only the name, you can specify the year).

When preparing a presentation, special attention should be paid to the main, that is, the content part.


It is not necessary to indicate its content in the presentation. Introductory constructions will not always be well received by the members of the commission. They will almost certainly regard them as an attempt by the student to take up valuable defense time.

Main body: structure

In the main part, it is recommended to maintain the sequence and logic of presentation. This will ensure that members of the commission understand the essence of the work.


You can replace the introductory part or content with a quote from some specialist or researcher who has devoted himself to analyzing the essence of the issue under consideration. This will show the committee members the defender's ability to think outside the box.

Recommendations for the structure of the main part:

  • The first step is to indicate the relevance of the thesis. The slide reserved for this should show the inspectors why and based on what the topic of the diploma was chosen, why it is of interest, whether it really deserves attention;

  • further, it is best to briefly indicate the features of the object and subject of the research work;

  • the next slide should be devoted to problems that can be solved through the work done. It is possible to indicate the areas and spheres of practical application of the obtained results;

  • description of goals and objectives. The provision of a separate presentation slide for this is recommended to be agreed with the head. He will be able to unequivocally answer whether it is worth the effort;

  • It is recommended to devote 1-2 slides to key theoretical theses, excerpts from the section on theory. Keep in mind brevity and conciseness. Ornate phrases and ambiguous formulations are not needed;

  • several slides should be devoted to graphic materials: graphs, tables, diagrams, diagrams, drawings, drawings. It is great if the graphic materials are linked directly to the practical or research work done by the defending person;

  • the penultimate slide or 2 slides before the final one, if necessary, should be devoted to the conclusions. Here, too, you do not need to do everything for the sake of volume.

The best of all would be a list with brief abstracts, combined with a competent speech of the author of the thesis and presentation.

Final slide

The last slide can be made a condensed version of the diploma conclusion. It is important to squeeze out the most important thing from the conclusion, to mention the results and practical significance of the work done.



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