If the committee’s assessment of your PhD dissertation is positive, the dissertation is accepted for public defence.

The public defence consists of a lecture followed by an examination.

The lecture normally takes 45 minutes and should cover subjects dealt with in the dissertation.

The subsequent examination comprises an in-depth discussion and critical analysis of selected parts of the entire dissertation and the lecture, if applicable. The examination is expected to take approximately one hour.

After that, the audience has the opportunity to ask the PhD student questions.

Date of the defence

The date for the defence is agreed with the assessment committee at the time it is composed, normally no later than three months after submission of the dissertation.

The date of defence can be postponed if necessary due to special circumstances, for example to protect intellectual property rights.

You are responsible for booking the room and ordering catering, if applicable.