For the final oral defense of the doctoral dissertation the doctoral committee will be supplemented by an independent external examiner who, as an expert in the field in which the candidate's research is carried out, will appraise the dissertation and ordinarily will also be present at the final oral examination (either in person or via teleconference).
review the PhD Dissertation Submission and Defense Timelines for details.
- all external examiner related forms are available from the "Forms" webpage under "Thesis and dissertation forms"
Important Dates for PhD students who plan on completing their PhD requirements before the Phase I deadline in the Winter 2018 term:
- note that the earliest date a PhD defense can be scheduled in 2018 is January 15, 2018.