Today I am gonna shed some light on what happens during a thesis defense in Lund University. Of course what I am gonna state is from my perspective and specific to my programme. I pursued my Master’s in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from LTH and did my thesis with IKEA during spring 2020. I defended by thesis on May 20th, 2020.
Although a typical defense takes place by physically presenting your thesis in front of your supervisor, examiner, opponents and general audience, but due to corona virus situation, the same happened through digital platforms via virtual calling and presentation. Every group is appointed with an opponent group to whom we need to send our final draft of the thesis. This opponent group reads the thesis and prepares a power point presentation regarding what they liked, what they wished and what they wondered. This is basically done to critically review one’s work and to encourage healthy and interesting discussions regarding the work. I presented my thesis for approximately 30 minutes, then the opponent presented their PPT for 15 minutes. After this there were a lot of questions asked by the opponents, or in other words they ‘attacked’ us and we ‘defended’. Hence, the term thesis ‘defense’. Overall, it was an exciting episode which marked an end to a thesis well done with a lot of hard work, fun and frolic.
Once the defense is over, the defenders gets some days to make changes to their thesis based on the comments and the final draft is then submitted to the examiner for approval. Along with the thesis, the students also need to write a popular science summary, which is basically an abstract of your thesis, written in a general way in order to capture the interest of general audience.
Once all this is done, then the students need to upload their thesis and popular science summary in to LUP (Lund University Publications) which is a mandatory step for you to get you degree points. The process is quite easy and fast and I got my degree points the same day that I did this process.
Overall, this master thesis and the overall Master’s program at Lund University has made me competent enough to go out in the industrial world and make my mark. Are you ready to do the same? If yes then Lund University is definitely gonna help you achieve it.
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