Degree and public defence of a Doctoral Thesis

The Doctoral Degree

The Doctoral Degree is our highest academic degree, awarded on completion of research studies.

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Doctoral thesis and public defence

The Doctoral thesis, which is the result of the research studies programme, presents the research field and the research findings.

The Doctoral thesis consists either of a unfied research study (monograph) or a number of research papers – articles – with a general introduction to the research field (compilation thesis).

The public defence of a doctoral thesis is a seminar in which the doctoral candidate presents his or her thesis for review. At the public defence there is to be an external reviewer whose task is to closely examine the thesis. The external reviewer presents his or her queries and views on the thesis at its public defence. The public defence also involves an examiner and an examining committee. The doctoral thesis is awarded a grade of pass or fail.

Doctoral degree conferment ceremony

Once a year, the University’s new doctoral graduates are solemnly celebrated in Lund Cathedral – at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony.

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Licentiate degree

A licentiate degree is awarded on completion of a two-year research studies programme. The licentiate degree can also be awarded to a doctoral student who is halfway to a doctoral degree.

Licentiate degrees occur to a varying extent depending on the research field. They are relatively common within engineering but less so within medicine, for example.