To earn a licentiate degree one must have written a licentiate thesis that received a passing grade. This must be defended orally at a licentiate seminar that is open to the public.
The Licentiate Thesis
The licentiate thesis may contain elements from several authors if the individual student's contribution is clearly visible from reading the text or the individual student has written an introduction to the thesis him- or herself. In the case falla that the licentiate thesis is written in a language other than Swedish, a Swedish abstract should be provided. If the licentiate thesis is written in a language other than English, an English abstract should be provided. The licentiate thesis should follow the instructions provided by the Research- and Research Programmes Board (FFUN) and the profile graphics they have stipulated should be used. The university library will provide an ISBN number.
Requesting to schedule a licentiate seminar
The request to schedule a licentiate seminar is sent to the Research- and Research Programmes Board (FFUN) at least one month before the date requested. Before that the Subject area Committee should have approved the quality of the licentiate thesis. FFUN appoints an external referee with the qualifications required for appointment to as an associate professor and an examiner who is employed by University West.
A manuscript of the licentiate thesis (as finalised as possible) should be sent to the referee and the examiner at least 25 working days before the scheduled licentiate seminar. If either of them discovers anything questionable in the thesis, they should provide feedback as quickly as possible.
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An administrative assistant for third-cycle studies (HUF) should be contacted at least 15 working days before the licentiate seminar so that information about the seminar can be published in good time on the university website. An electronic version of the thesis should be uploaded to the digital archives for scholarly works (DiVA). Printed copies should be sent to the referee, the examiner, and the library. No more changes can be made after printing.
The licentiate thesis is presented and reviewed at a public seminar. The appointed external referee has the task of providing a critical review of the thesis at the seminar. The examiner's task is to chair the proceedings and set a grade for the thesis. After the seminar the grade is announced, documented and made public.
To earn a doctoral degree a student must have written a doctoral thesis that received a pass and have received passing grades in the courses that were part of his or her studies.
The dissertation presents the area of research and the results of that research. It
can be either a cohesive scholarly work, a so-called monograph, or a series of scholarly articles with an introduction to the area of research, a summary, and
discussion of the research that has been carried out. The dissertation may contain elements written by other authors if the individual doctoral student's contribution is clearly visible from reading the text, or the individual student has written an introduction him- or herself.
The dissertation can contain material from an earlier licentiate thesis. That work is part of the dissertation work and should be defended at the public defence.
If the dissertation is written in a language other than Swedish, a Swedish abstract ould be provided. If the licentiate thesis is written in a language other than English, an English abstract should be provided.
The dissertation should follow the instructions provided by the Research- and Research Programmed Board (FFUN) and the profile graphics they have stipulated must be used. The university library will provide an ISBN number.
Requesting a date for the public defence
The request for a public defence should be sent to The Research- and Research Programmes Board (FFUN). The third-cycle student must contact an administrator for third-cycle studies (HUF) to set a date for the defence. The request is then sent to FFUN in good time so that the board can take a decision at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date. FFUN appoints a chairman, an external reviewer, and an examining committee.
The manuscript of the thesis (as finalised as possible) is sent to the external reviewer and all members of the examining committee at least 35 working days prior to the scheduled public defence. If anything questionable about the thesis is discovered, feedback should be sent as quickly as possible.
Notification of the date of defence
The upcoming defence is announced when the author nails a copy of the dissertation to a post in thelobby of the university. This is done at least 15 days prior to the scheduled defence. It is the department's responsibility to arrange this event. With the 'nailing' of the manuscript the dissertation is made available to the public, and no more changes may be made. An electronic version of the dissertation should be uploaded to DiVA at this time – the so-called 'electronic nailing'. Information about the defence should is published at the university's website.
The public defence
The defence itself is structured as follows: presentation, review, summary, questions from the examining committee, and finally, questions from the audience. At the end of the session, the examining committee meets to evaluate the dissertation and awards it the grade of pass or fail.
At the end of your studies you should apply to receive a degree certificate. To receive this certificate you must fulfil the criteria set out by the System of Qualifications, the General Syllabus, and your individual study plan. Read more about degree certificate here.
If the university refuses your request, you can appeal that decision to the Higher Education Appeals Board.
When you have received your doctoral degree you will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony the next time there is an academic ceremony. At this ceremony you will receive a diploma and a crown of laurels (if you have not purchased a doctoral cap). The awards ceremony has no legal significance; it is a formality only.