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Dissertation Defense

As a student of the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS) the writing of your dissertation represents the capstone of your graduate studies. The process of writing a dissertation may seem difficult at first, but if you follow this step-by-step guide you will find it is nothing to worry about.

The complete process is divided into 3 main moments. The first one will me the presentation of your dissertation research proposal. The second one will be the actual writing of your dissertation according to the approved research proposal. The last step will be the oral examination and defense of your finalized dissertation.

The proposal, writing and final defense of your dissertation will be the last steps before graduation and requires special attention to the deadlines and regulations that govern this procedure. Please read this guide carefully and come visit us at the IDAS and IMAS office if you have any questions.

We wish you great success in your dissertation writing journey!

Step-by-step Guide

Before beginning with your dissertation writing process, you must have already passed the Qualifying Examination (QE should be completed within 4 years of your initial enrollment). You will also need to find a supervisor and carry out your dissertation writing under his/her supervision for 2 years at least.

Phase One – Dissertation Proposal

How?
  • Apply for Dissertation Proposal Defense.
  • Submit the “Dissertation Proposal Defense Application Form”, along with your draft proposal.
  • Your application will then be processed to apply for dissertation proposal defense.
What?
  • For documents required to apply for dissertation proposal examination, simply download the following forms.
Who?
  • For dissertation proposal defense, you should find at least 3 to 5 committee members (including your supervisor) for your panel.
  • Be reminded that one of these members must be a full time faculty in college of social sciences. At least one third of the committees must be from other universities.
When?
  • You must do your proposal defense two months before your final defense.
  • Allow at least 5 workdays to process your application. Once settled, the office will reserve a classroom for your proposal examination.

Phase Two – Write your Dissertation

How?
  • Apply for dissertation Oral Defense
  • Go through “IDAS Graduation Check List for Qualifications”.
  • Submit your final defense application
  • Please be noted there must be a two-months gap between proposal defense and final defense.
What?
  • For documents required to apply for dissertation oral defense, simply download the following forms.
Who?
  • For dissertation proposal defense, you should find 5 to 9 committee members (supervisor included; your panel should be preferably the same ones as those of your proposal defense)
  • Be reminded that one of these members must be a full time faculty in college of social sciences. At least one third of the committees must be from other universities.
When?
  • You must apply for your proposal defense before the prescribed time stated on University Calendar.
  • Late submission will not be allowed.

Phase Three – Final Defense

How?
  • Select the best date for your final defense and ask IDAS staff to reserve a classroom for your oral defense.
What?
  • Sharpen your brain and get ready for tough questions.
  • Try to woo your committees with refreshment.
  • Send the final draft and print out a copy of your draft dissertation to your committees.
Who?
  • You and your committees
When?
  • You must apply for your proposal defense before the prescribed time stated on University Calendar.
  • Late grade submission will not be allowed.

Dissertation Defense Forms

These are the forms you will need to fill out and collect signatures on in order to get through your dissertation defense procedures. You may find them in the IDAS and IMAS office or download them here :

Qualifying Exam & Supervisor Confirmation Form

Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Defense