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Examination of doctoral courses

Guidelines for course examiner

According to the Higher Education Ordinance, the university shall appoint an examiner to set grades upon completion of a course.

At KI the following applies for examiners:

  • The head of the course responsible department is delegated the right to appoint examiners for doctoral courses. The head can, if he/she wishes, delegate this right of decision to someone else.
  • Examiners of doctoral courses must have a doctoral degree
  • Examiners of doctoral courses must be employed at KI (see below about affiliated persons)
  • There must be a written decision on appointed examiners
  • The course director, if other than the examiner, should have a doctoral degree, but it is not mandatory
  • One examiner per course

Additional teachers on a course can, by delegation, be responsible for formulating or marking examination assignments or for assessing students in oral or written examination, either partially or on the whole course. The assessing teachers are liable to hand over the documentation of assessment to the examiner who is responsible for setting the grade.

Affiliated examiners

An affiliated person cannot exercise authority on behalf of KI. In the event that an affiliated person is appointed as an examiner on a course, he/she shall be employed as an adjunct teacher/adjunct during the time period of the course, i.e. the same period for which the examiner is appointed.

The examiner's role in Ladok

In new Ladok, introduced during the autumn 2017, the examiners will be a new group of users, since the examination has to be done directly in the system. Read more at Ladok e-learning course for teachers and examiners.

See also Reporting and signing results in Ladok - doctoral courses.


The course syllabus shows how a doctoral course is going to be examined. It is important that intended learning outcomes, learning activities and examination are related and coherent. The examination must contain a summative (and when appropriate also a formative) assessment of each course participant.

Alternative exams

Alternative exams or extended examination time are adjustments that can be made for students with disabilities.

The prerequisite is that the student has applied for special support and obtained an approval, as well as requested it from the examiner at least two weeks prior to the examination.

Read more about support for students with disabilities.

Urkund anti-plagiarism system

Urkund is used as an anti-plagiarism system for examinations in doctoral courses whenever the course director deems it appropriate. See further information at Disciplinary matters.

Anna Gustafsson

Administrative officer

Erika Franzén

Chair of the Course and Programme Committee

Emilie Agardh

Vice chair of the Course and Programme Committee

Ingeborg Van Der Ploeg

Central director of studies