A PhD comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. It is possible to transfer credits from certain Master’s courses or the equivalent – this is considered on a case-by-case basis. For a doctorate, 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.
Book a date for a thesis defence
A date for the public defence of the thesis is booked by the doctoral student.
Submit a request for a thesis defence
The departmet representative (or Head of Dept.) is to submit a request for the thesis defence at the latest eight weeks before the planned date. The doctoral student must have booked the date before notice can be given.
Regulations and forms
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- Guidelines for faculty opponents and examination committee members (77 kB)
- Instructions to students and supervisors about the defence (1,7 MB)
- Regulations on notification of a public defence, examining committee and faculty examiner (683 kB) - in Swedish only
- Template for examining committee minutes (81 kB) - in Swedish
You apply for a degree certificate through an application form.