Final Dissertation Defence



Final Dissertation Defence

Topic for trial lecture

14 days before the day of your final defence you will receive the topic for your trial lecture by e-mail from the Doctoral Administration. You will be asked to confirm that you have received the e-mail. The topic has been decided by the Evaluation Committee. Before the defence of the dissertation, the candidate must give a trial lecture on a given topic as a part of the evaluation. The trial lecture is given on the same day as the disputation.

The trial lecture

The Evaluation Committee evaluates the trial lecture. If the Committee deems the trial lecture to be satisfactory, the doctoral candidate will be required to publicly defend the dissertation.

The final dissertation defence

The final dissertation defence is presided over by the Dean of the doctoral programme or a member of the academic faculty authorised by the President. The final decision on the granting of the degree of PhD is based on the written dissertation and the performances in the trial lecture and the final dissertation defence. After the final dissertation defence, The Evaluation Committee will confirm in writing whether the dissertation defence and the trial lecture have been approved.

Practical issues

All practical issues including room and hotel bookings for the committee are handled by the Doctoral Administration. There will be a limited number of free copies of your doctoral dissertation available in the auditorium on the day. These are for your guests to keep. Should you have any questions regarding the practical issues please don't hesitate to contact the Doctoral Administration.

Plan for the day of the final defence

Committee and Dean meet in the meeting room reserved for the occasion.

10:15 – 11:00 
Trial lecture on given topic
The Dean leads the séance. The committee (and the Dean) sit on the first row, but are not introduced.

11:00 – 12:10
a) The committee meets to evaluate the trial lecture. If it is satisfactory a document confirming this is signed in two copies. 

b) Lunch for the committee members, supervisor and Dean.
Both the lunch and the evaluation meeting take place in the meeting room.

The candidate meets the Dean and the committee outside the auditorium. The Dean carries his cape.

The academic procession enters the auditorium in the following order: 
The Dean
The First Opponent
The Second Opponent
The Chair of the Committee
The PhD Candidate
The audience rise during the procession and seats when the Dean signals to do so. The candidate approaches the lectern (desk). The committee sits on the first row.

12:20 – 12:35 
The Dean goes through the programme and introduces the supervisor and the committee to the audience. 
The candidate then has 15 minutes to present the dissertation Once the presentation is over the Dean calls upon the opponents.

12:35 – 14:35 
The opponents decide how long the examination should last. It usually lasts for a minimum of two hours.

14:35 ++ 
The dean takes over when the opponents have finished. If there are no questions from the audience the Dean closes the ceremony.
The Committee meets to evaluate the defense of the dissertation. If the committee approves the dissertation and the final dissertation defense, a document (in two copies) is signed to confirm this. 

After the ceremony

There is a reception in the department where the candidate belongs. The chair of the committee presents the candidate with a copy of each of the two documents – approval of trial lecture and approval of the final dissertation defence. (The other copy must be submitted to the Doctoral Administration by the chair of the committee)


The candidate is responsible for inviting the committee and others to dinner, if a dinner is to take place. The Doctoral Administration will not cover the cost of this dinner.

Please note

Final dissertation defences will as far as possible take place during the semester. They will usually not take place during summer, Easter or Christmas vacations. The period between June 26th and mid August is also avoided. An effort is made to avoid workdays in connection with bank holidays.

Last Modified: 14/06/2016 19:13