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.

These tools will help you create a realistic degree completion timeline by helping you to identify major administrative tasks that must be completed prior to your defence and degree completion, along with the minimum, maximum, or suggested timeframes. Students may also find it beneficial to engage in programming provided by the Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) to support dissertation writing and public speaking for the oral defence. Learn more about the following WCC programs: 

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.