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Research training consists of two parts: thesis work and courses. Examinations on the courses are held during or just after the courses. Examinations may be oral and/or written. Examinations are marked with a pass or a fail. The main supervisor is the examiner on those courses where no special examiner has been appointed.

To be awarded a PhD, students must have passed the courses that are included in the postgraduate programme and have written and publicly defended a scholarly dissertation (doctoral thesis) which has been accepted. The number of credits awarded for the course work and the thesis respectively varies between subjects, themes and graduate schools and is indicated in the general curriculum. Regulations concerning doctoral degrees and the public defence are found in the Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 9, and in the University Board's decision on local rules for postgraduate education (RS U19:07 – in Swedish).

The doctoral thesis is judged by an examination board, in accordance with rules in the Higher Education Ordinance. There are also local rules to be applied made by the University Board and the Board of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Theses are awarded either a pass or a fail.

The licentiate thesis is assessed by an examiner who is not the main supervisor. Theses are awarded either a pass or a fail.




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Last updated: 2015-12-18