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      Defence of doctoral thesis (public defence)

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

      By no later than six months before the planned defence of the doctoral thesis, the PhD student and supervisors must make decisions concerning the timetable, requirements, processes, etc. of the examination. This plan must be approved by the Director of Studies for third-cycle studies in Informatics – please see the checklist for defence of doctaral thesis.

      Notification of the public defence

      The doctoral thesis must be defended at a public seminar that is held within normal working hours during term time (spring or autumn term).

      Written notification of the public defence (form 5:5) must be submitted by the main supervisor to the Director of PhD Studies by no later than three months before the preliminary date of the public defence.

      Instructions concerning the public defence are available in Appendix 2 of the Guidelines for examinations in third-cycle studies (only in Swedish).

      Nailing and publication in DiVA

      By no later than three weeks prior to the public defence, the thesis must be made available to the public. The purpose of this is so that members of the public shall have the opportunity to read the thesis in advance in order to be able to ask questions at the public defence.

      The time and location of the public defence, the PhD student’s name, the title and a summary of the thesis, and the name of the opponent will be made available on the University’s website (electronic nailing).

      The printed thesis shall be made available at the University by no later than three weeks before the public defence. The Coordinator of PhD Studies at the Academic Affairs and Student Support Office is responsible for ensuring that the thesis is distributed within and beyond the University.

      By no later than three weeks before the public defence, the thesis shall also be published electronically in the University’s database of publications, DiVA (Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet).

      For more detailed information, please refer to the Printing and distribution of theses and for publishing in DiVA.

      Nailing ceremony in the University library

      Nailing is a traditional academic ritual performed in conjunction with the presentation of a licentiate or doctoral thesis, and is not compulsory. When nailing at the University library, a representative of Team Research Support assists with receiving the doctoral student and company and provides a hammer, nail and string to hang the dissertation.

      The doctoral student brings a nailing copy with holes drilled for the string in the upper left corner. Normally, just over ten people can be accommodated in direct connection to the nailing itself, but all interested parties and, of course, supervisors, close colleagues and relatives are welcome.

      A nailing usually takes place within 15-30 minutes and is usually in the nature of a light-hearted event.

      To register a nailing ceremony, please contact forskarutbildning@his.se and forskarstod.biblioteket@his.se.

      Public defence – examination of thesis work

      The written thesis must be defended at a public seminar. The seminar is led by a chairperson who is active at the school within which the thesis was written.

      A description of how a public defence at the University of Skövde is to be conducted is available in Appendix 3 of the Guidelines for examinations in third-cycle studies (only in Swedish).

      Follow the links to find out more information about the competence requirements, roles and division of responsibility for the external reviewer (sw. opponent), examininge committee and the chair, or for Tasks and Division of Responsibilities in Connection with Defence of Doctoral Thesis at the University of Skövde.

      Applying for degree certificate

      Following the successful completion of the third-cycle studies/PhD education, the PhD student must apply to have the degree awarded. This is done using form 4:6 – Application for certification of doctoral degree/licentiate degree.

      Published: 5/10/2021
      Edited: 6/29/2022
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