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Public defence of doctoral thesis

Details of the Dissertation and licentiate seminar, thesis preparation and application for degree certificate are listed on this page.

Public defence of doctoral thesis (Dissertation)

To receive a doctorate, the doctoral student must receive a pass grade on a doctoral thesis. Writing the thesis must be equivalent to studies worth at least 120 credits (equivalent to two years of full-time study). More specific requirements for the thesis' scope in credits are described in the general syllabus for each subject.

Thesis production

According to the Higher Education Ordinance, the doctoral thesis shall be orally defended at a public defence. A proposal for the public defence is being prepared at the school (the form is available in the list below). The proposal must be signed by the head of school before is is submitted to the Records Office no later than two months before the proposed date for the public defence. For public defences held in September, the proposal must be submitted to the Records Office no later than the first week in June.

The proposal states e.g. date of the public defence, title of thesis, opponent, examination committee members and chair. The proposal is handled by the Office for Academic Policy and the decision on the public defence of doctoral thesis is made by the chair of each faculty board (Dean).

Proposal for public defence of doctoral thesis   (Please make sure to print the form single-sided)


Concerning Covid-related restrictions in relation to the public defence:

As the public defence of a thesis is not deemed a public gathering or public event it is not included in the specific restrictions set by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten, FHM) for those kinds of events. There is therefore no set upper limit on the number of people attending. This is also the case for the announcement of the public defence ('spikningsceremoni') and licentiate exam. However, the advice and general guidelines provided by FHM must be followed at all times. This includes avoiding crowding, maintaining social distancing, not attending if symptomatic etc. That said, the university cannot demand that people attending a public defence of a dissertation show proof of vaccination. 

For further information and the latest updates please visit Folkhälsomyndigheten's webpage.


Ethical review before public defence of doctoral thesis – Faculty of Medicine and Health

From January 1st 2021, all dissertations within the Faculty of Medicine and Health (MH) must undergo an ethics review prior to a decision on public defense of a doctoral thesis. The documentation must be submitted according to the template developed within Rutin för etikgranskningsfunktion inom Fakulteten för medicin och hälsa (Appendix 1) (in Swedish).

For questions concerning the proposal for public defence etc. contact the Office for Academic Policy, This is an email address

Licentiate seminar

For a licentiate degree, the doctoral student must achieve a pass grade on a thesis that is equivalent to studies worth 60 credits. More specific requirements for the thesis' scope in credits are described in the general syllabus for each subject.

The thesis should be defended at a seminar. The head of school decides on whether a seminar should be held and, where applicable, the time and place and a reviewer/faculty examiner at the seminar.

Degree certificate

A doctoral student who fulfils the requirements for a Doctoral degree or Licentiate degree shall, on request, receive certification of this from the university. You can apply for the degree certificate through Studenttjänster.