The Prospectus is defended before the Dissertation Committee in public during a PhD Faculty/Student Seminar. The entire student body and the faculty of the Department are invited to the Prospectus Defense.
The draft prospectus should be handed in to the committee for feedback by June 15th of the first year, and a final version by September 15.
The prospectus should be defended by October 15th of the second year (or the 3rd year for students on an extended track).
One week before the scheduled defense at the latest, the student must receive confirmation by email from all the committee members that the student is ready for a defense, which must be forwarded to the program coordinator (Gyorgyi Puruczky) before a defense will be confirmed. The External Committee Member must submit written comments on the prospectus two to four working days before the defense. The student will have access to these comments and be able to consider them before the defense.
The Prospectus Defense may result in any of the following outcomes: pass without amendments; pass with minor amendments; pass with major amendments to satisfaction of committee; or re-defend. In case of the need for revisions or a new defense, students will be informed by the Committee of the timeframe in which the changes need to be made or the new defense scheduled.
After the dissertation prospectus has been successfully defended, the student moves from probationary status to doctoral candidate and the main focus is on conducting research, writing and subsequently defending the doctoral dissertation.