As you start thinking about the end stages of your PhD, it’s important to understand the processes and timelines related to the thesis defence, so that your degree completion is not delayed. Regardless of where you are in the thesis writing process, there are also several thesis planning considerations that can help the end stages of your PhD go smoothly.

These tools and videos will help you to identify, and start thinking about, considerations and timelines related to the thesis defence.

All students should also ensure that they read the PhD thesis examination regulations and review the thesis preparation guidelines prior to their oral defence.

Backwards planning tools

Select your faculty below to download a PDF copy of the backwards planning tool.  We encourage you to discuss your ideal timelines with your supervisor(s) and your department graduate program co-ordinator.