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.
A PhD 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.
In the document below you find a short summary to help you plan the public defence.
The text below provides more detailed explanations of the various steps.
Request and book a date for a thesis defence
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 office to book a date for the public defence.
External reviewer, the chair and examining committee
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 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 thesis
The PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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:
- All theses are to 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 PhD 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.
Notification (“spikning”) and registration in LUCRIS
At least three weeks in advance, the thesis must be available in order for it to be possible for academia and the public to examine it before the thesis defence. This is done by the notification (“spikning”) and registration in LUCRIS.
Notification means that:
- the thesis is registered electronically in LUCRIS
- three copies of the printed thesis are submitted to the reception of Lund University Library (UB).
- One copy of the printed thesis is to be submitted to the faculty office together with the receipt of the submitted theses from UB.
Please remember to submit and abstract in both English and Swedish in LUCRIS. And don’t forget to add relations in LUCRIS e.g. to articles in a compilation thesis or to your degree project.
Distribution of the printed thesis
The PhD 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 members of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences
- 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.
If you need help spreading the results to the media, you can contact the Press Officer at the faculty, one of whose main tasks is to communicate research and other University news to the media.
You can also contact the Communications Officer at your department for support and guidance.
Examining committee minutes
The supervisor is responsible for sending the examining committee minutes (in original) to the Faculty Office.
Apply for degree certificate
When you have completed the PhD studies, do not forget to apply for a degree certificate.
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