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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.

Book a date for a thesis defence

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.

Submit a request for a thesis defence

Regulations and forms

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You apply for a degree certificate through an application form.

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