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Public defence of thesis

Published: 2 July 2020

A doctoral thesis shall be publically defended in Swedish or English.

The public defence is lead by a chairperson appointed by the chairman of the Faculty Board concerned.

The chairperson opens the defence proceedings and wishes all present welcome. The author of the thesis, the external reviewer and members of the examining committee are presented. The chairperson explains the order of the public defence. The author of the thesis is given the opportunity of presenting a list of any corrections to the thesis.

The proceedings continue; either the author presents his/her doctoral thesis or the external reviewer gives a short summary of the contents of the thesis. The external reviewer then presents his/her viewpoints on the doctoral thesis and the author responds to questions.

Subsequently the examining committee and then others in the audience have the right to put questions and give viewpoints on the doctoral thesis, in the order determined by the chairperson.  The author shall answer any questions.

The Department will pay costs involved for the public defence of the thesis.

If the appointed external reviewer is unable to attend, the chairman of the Faculty Board concerned will, if time allowing, appoint a new external reviewer according to a proposal by the Head of Department. If an emergency situation arises at the time of the dissertation, one of the members of the examining committee shall be appointed as external reviewer by primarily the chairman of the Faculty Board concerned and secondarily by the appointed chairperson at the dissertation. If a member of the examining committee is unable to perform the mission, the deputy shall be appointed as one of three members of the examining committee. The chairman of the Faculty Board concerned shall, if time allowing, appoint a new alternate member in accordance with a proposal by the Head of Department. If an emergency occurs so that the examining committee at the time of the public defence consists of only two people, the chairman of the Faculty Board concerned or, secondly, the chairman of the public defence, shall appoint a suitable, competent substitute. The same rules and guidelines apply as for the appointment of the members of the examining committee.