A doctoral education of 240 credits (four years of full time studies) is concluded by you defending your thesis at a public defence.
It is your principal supervisor’s responsibility to plan your public defence together with you. Remember to start planning and preparing well in advance; there is much to be done. We recommend that you inform the study and research administration as soon as you have a preliminary date for your defence, so that the availability can be checked. It is also important that you contact the printing office Repro as soon as possible to establish a time plan for your thesis production.
Submission of proposal for public defence
The proposal for public defence, complete with all appendices, shall be submitted in original version to the study and research administration 13 weeks - at the latest! - before the proposed date of the public defence.
All appendices that are to be included are listed on the proposal form. Note that all the documents shall be printed single-sided.
After being signed by the Specialisation coordinator and the Head of School, the proposal is sent by the study and research administration to the Records Office and thereafter administered by the Office for Academic Policy. Decision on the public defence is taken by the chairman of each faculty board (dean) and expedited within the University as well as to the doctoral student and the principal supervisor.
After the decision
The study and research administration is responsible for all distribution to the faculty examiner, the examining committee incl. substitute, the chair of the defence and assistant supervisors.
The doctoral student sends the articles that are to be included in the thesis, along with the (if any) documentation regarding ethical vetting, i.e. applications (excl. appendices) and decisions, to the study and research administration. The administration in turn sends the documentation to the members of the examining committee that makes an external review.
The doctoral student sends the introductory chapter (kappa) to the study and research administration according to the time plan. The administration is responsible for sending the introductory chapter for a plagiarism check.
The study and research administration informs the doctoral student, the principal supervisor and the printing office Repro about the results of the review and plagiarism check.
Nailing ceremony (spikning)
The purpose of a spikning is to make your thesis available to the public, and to publicly announce the time and place for your defence.
A nailing ceremony is organised by the school and held at either Campus USÖ or Campus Örebro. The ceremony is to be held no later than three weeks prior to the planned defence. Usually the principal supervisor is speaker at the ceremony, which means introducing the doctoral student and their research to the auditorium. You have the chance to introduce your thesis, and then you perform the physical nailing.
The thesis is also made public digitally via the digital scientific archive DiVA.