Defence of doctoral thesis
This page guides you about how a public defence is planned and what formal requirements there are at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Doctoral studies is comprised of 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. For a doctorate (doctoral degree), you must have passed the courses that form part of the programme and the doctoral thesis. The thesis is defended orally at a public event.
The checklist below contains a short summary on what to do when, before and after your public defence.
Please note! The “no later than” dates on the checklist represents the dates when each step should be ready in the process. The supervisor and the Phd student should therefore ensure that the various steps are finalized well in advance of these dates.
The links below provide more detailed information on the different steps:
- Book a date and a room for the thesis defence
- Submit proposal for external reviewer, chair and examining committee
- Design and print the thesis
- Publish the thesis
- Distribute the printed thesis
- Submit the examining committee minutes
- Apply for degree certificate
The public defence of a thesis is to take place during the semester.
The supervisor is responsible for requesting a date for the public defence of a doctoral thesis at least six weeks in advance as well as booking a room for the thesis defence. Contact the faculty coordinator to book a date for the public defence.
The external reviewer, the chair and examining committee are appointed by the dean after a proposal from the department. The proposal should be submitted to the faculty office no later than five weeks before the day of the thesis defence.
The members of the examining committee are required to have the academic titles of associate professors (docents), or professors. The external reviewer must have a PhD degree.
NOTE: The Head of the Department signs the form and sends it as a pdf by email directly to the faculty coordinator.
The guide below explains the procedures of defence of doctoral thesis as well as the roles of external reviewer and member of the examining committee.
The faculty has certain guidelines for the event that an external reviewer or examining committee member is unable to participate at the public defence or presentation of a thesis due to acute illness or force majeure.
The doctoral student is responsible for editing the doctoral thesis. The doctoral thesis is to be designed in accordance with Lund University’s graphic profile. The internal printing office, Media-Tryck can help with the design:
The doctoral student is responsible for obtaining an ISBN number for the thesis.
Please note: The School of Social Work has its own ISBN serial numbers, and doctoral students there are to obtain an ISBN directly from the relevant officer. If the doctoral thesis is part of a series of theses, the department will provide a volume number and ISSN number.
Also keep in mind that:
- The thesies should include a title page and a document data sheet. The document data sheet is often printed on the reverse of the title page.
- The department and the doctoral student are jointly responsible for the procurement, production and distribution of the thesis. The minimum amount of printed thesis is 33 copies. The department decides on any additional copies.
- An electronic version of the thesis is to be sent to Media-Tryck to enable the print-on-demand service and guarantee access to printed copies of the thesis.
The thesis must be available in order for academia and the public to be able to examine it before the thesis defence. This is done by the notification (“spikning”) and registration in LUCRIS.
At least four weeks prior to the defence, the PhD student is to:
- submit three copies of the printed thesis to the reception of Lund University Library (UB).
- submit one copy of the printed thesis to the faculty office together with the receipt obtained from the UB.
- register the thesis electronically in LUCRIS.
- to submit an abstract in both English and Swedish in LUCRIS.
- to add "Relations" in LUCRIS e.g. to articles in a compilation thesis or to your degree project.
The doctoral student is responsible for the distribution of the printed thesis.
- One copy is to be sent to each of the members of the examining committee and the external reviewer.
- One copy is to be sent to each of the departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
- One copy is to be sent to the Social Sciences Faculty Library.
- Distribution to the department networks.
The department has a list of recipients. Each department decides on the number of copies for distribution within the department, the department networks, and for the students themselves.
NOTE: two extra copies should be available at the department in case the external members of the faculty board request a printed thesis.
The supervisor is responsible for sending the examining committee minutes (in original) to the Faculty Office.
When you have completed the doctoral studies, do not forget to apply for a degree certificate.
Yvonne Aiello Davidsson
+46 46 222 43 65
yvonne [dot] aiello_davidsson [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (yvonne[dot]aiello_davidsson[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se)