By no later than six months before the planned licentiate seminar, 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 PhD Studies in Informatics – see the checklist for licentiate seminars.
Notification of the licentiate seminar
The licentiate 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 licentiate seminar (form 5:4) 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 licentiate seminar.
Instructions concerning the licentiate seminar are available in Appendix 2 of the Guidelines for examinations in third-cycle studies.
Nailing and publication in DiVA
By no later than three weeks prior to the licentiate seminar, 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 licentiate seminar.
The time and location of the seminar, 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 licentiate seminar. 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 licentiate seminar, the thesis shall also be published electronically in the University's database of publications, DiVA (Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet).
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.
Licentiate seminar – examination of thesis work
The written thesis must be defended at a public seminar. The seminar is led by a chair who is active at the School within which the thesis was written.
A description of how a licentiate seminar at the University of Skövde is to be conducted is available in Appendix 3 of the Guidelines for examinations in third-cycle studies.
Follow the links to find out more information about the competence requirements, roles and division of responsibility for the licentiate seminar’s externmal reviewer (sw. opponent), examiner and chair, or for Tasks and Division of Responsibilities in Connection with Licentiate Seminar 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.