The Swedish Licentiate degree is an independent degree of at least 120 credits or a preliminary stage towards a PhD degree and normally requires two years of study.
Licentiate seminar application
Licentiate theses are to be defended at a public seminar. The licentiate seminar application should be prepared in advance, no later than 2 months or more before the desired examination date.
For details about the application process and the licentiate thesis defence, see "Further resources".
Nailing and publication in DiVA
Your thesis has to be published at least three weeks before the licentiate seminar. The purpose is to give the general public the opportunity to read your thesis in advance and be able to ask questions during the seminar.
The printed thesis should be available at least three weeks prior to the licentiate seminar. The research officer at the department of academic affairs and student support is responsible for distributing your thesis within and outside the University.
The thesis should also be published electronically in the University's publication database DiVA at least three weeks before the licentiate seminar. For detailed information, please read the "instructions on the preparation and distribution of licentiate and doctoral theses" and read more at "Publication in DiVA" (see link under "Further resources")
Nailing ceremony in the University Library
The traditional nailing is an academic ritual in connection with the presentation of a PhD or licentiate thesis and is not mandatory. PhD students can nail their thesis on a board at the library entrance at least three weeks before the licentiate seminar. Nail, rope, hammer and a copy of your thesis are available at the library for this purpose. The thesis can remain on the board after your licantiate seminar. It is possible to organise a reception in connection with the nailing ceremony. To announce your nailing ceremony, please contact our research officer (under "Contact").