PhD thesis defence

A successful completion of doctoral studies leads to a PhD degree - the highest degree awarded in Sweden - and typically requires four years of full-time study or the equivalent of 240 credits.

Thesis defence application

In order to receive a PhD degree, you must have a PhD thesis of at least 120 credits approved.The PhD thesis must be defended orally and in public. The public defence application should be prepared in advance, no later than 4 months or more before the desired examination date. For details about the application process and the public defence, see "Further resources".

Nailing and publication in DiVA

Your thesis has to be published at least three weeks before the public defence. The purpose is to give the general public the opportunity to read your thesis in advance and be able to ask questions during the public defence.

The printed thesis should be available at least three weeks prior to the public defence. 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 public defence. 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 defence date. 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 public defence. 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").