Completing a Degree

Doctoral Dissertation

Once the doctoral dissertation has passed the plagiarism detection, the doctoral student applies to the faculty for permission for public examination. The dean appoints two examiners based on a proposition from the supervisor. After the examiners have given their statements and the doctoral student has had the opportunity to submit a potential rejoinder, the dean decides on giving the doctoral candidate permission for public examination. The dean appoints one or several opponents for the dissertation’s public examination and appoints a Custos, the chairman of the public examination. Thereafter the dissertation will be published. After the public examination of the dissertation, the opponent gives the faculty a written statement about the dissertation and the student has the opportunity to submit a rejoinder to the opponent’s statement. The faculty approves or rejects the doctoral dissertation and decides the possible grade. After completing the studies and theses required for the doctoral degree, the student applies to the faculty for a doctoral degree certificate with a certificate application form.

  1. When manuscript of a thesis is ready a PhD student submits the manuscript to the plagiarism detection tool. For more information about the process, please, see ‘Dissertation and graduation’ -  ‘Plagiarism detection’ 
  2. Doctoral student applies to the faculty for permission for public examination (Application for printing permission). With the same application the main supervisor proposes examiners, an opponent, and a custos to the faculty

The attachments for the Application for printing permission are as follows: 

  • a complete and corrected draft of the manuscript of the thesis with its accompanying publications (1 copy)

  • the abstract of the thesis (about 1 page)

  • a clarification of the applicant ́s contribution to the publications

  • an approval by the first author of an joint publication

  • a specification on the use of the publication used in another thesis

  • a proposal for the appointment of preliminary examiners (the page 2 of the form)

  • a proposal for the opponent and the custos

 

  1. The dean appoints two examiners for the thesis.
  2. Doctoral student delivers the manuscript of the thesis to the examiners 
  3. The preliminary examination of the thesis. Maximum time for the preliminary examination is two months. Examiners may contact the doctoral student for any notifications before writing their statements. 
  4. Examiners give their statements to the faculty from where they are delivered to the doctoral student. 
  5. Doctoral student has the opportunity to submit a free-form rejoinder to the examiners’ statements to the faculty 
  6. The dean decides whether permission for public examination is granted, and appoints the opponent and the custos based on the main supervisor’s proposal. (see section 2) 
  7. Publishing and printing of the doctoral dissertation. For further info, please, see ‘Dissertation and graduation’ - ‘Publishing instructions’ 
  8. Doctoral dissertation is for public examination of the doctoral thesis. See ‘Dissertation and graduation’ - ‘Public examination’
  9. Opponent gives a statement to the faculty from where it is delivered to the doctoral student. 
  10. Doctoral student has the opportunity to submit a free-form rejoinder to the opponent’s statement to the faculty 
  11. Faculty decides whether to approve the doctoral dissertation, and on the possible grading. 
  12. When the student has completed all study attainments and theses, he/she applies to the faculty for a degree certificate. See’ Completing a degree’ - ‘Applying for the diploma’