In my native language we say "dissertation court". Can we say dissertation court in English? or we can just say dissertation seminar?

  • This is for defending a thesis for a PhD degree, right? Dec 19, 2015 at 0:48
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    Are you asking about an oral examination, where a Master's or PhD student "defends" their thesis, and acknowledged experts "judge" whether the thesis is worthy of a degree?
    – Jasper
    Dec 19, 2015 at 0:49
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    For defending a dissertation, as we commonly say here. Can I just say "dissertation defense" then?
    – ida
    Dec 19, 2015 at 0:52
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    Yes, 'defense' is the stock term. My father called it "the faculty's last chance to harass the student". Dec 19, 2015 at 4:15
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    We hear the phrases PhD/MPhil dissertation defense, dissertation defense, etc. in English, but not dissertation court .
    – Khan
    Dec 19, 2015 at 5:35

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To refer to the group of professors before which one defends their dissertation, one might use the term "dissertation panel" or "dissertation committee".

To refer to the event at which one defends their dissertation, one would use the term "dissertation defense".

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