The Licentiate seminar

Please note: Temporary routines apply as a result of the spread of the new corona virus.

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Licentiate theses are to be defended in public and preferably in English, although Swedish is also allowed.

The principal supervisor opens the licentiate seminar by introducing the respondent (you), the thesis and the members of the Examination Board. The respondent shall then present the thesis (including background, methods used, results and conclusions). After the seminar the examination board asks questions. The audience will also be given an opportunity to ask questions.

In case that the student intends to continue his/her research towards a doctoral thesis, special attention should be paid to the discussion on issues such as the project’s viability, planned continuation, alternative methods etc. Proceedings may not be concluded until all questions and discussion points from the opponent, Examination Board and the public have been exhausted.

The Examination Board’s decision

After the public defence the Examination Board convenes to decide the grade to be awarded (pass or fail). The decision is taken by majority vote. The principal supervisor must be present during the first part of the meeting to discuss the respondent’s performance with the board. The second part of the meeting is held by the members of the Examination Board only, at which time the grade and any necessary explanatory statement are decided upon, and the transcript completed and signed. The transcript is then submitted by the principal supervisor to the departmental administrator.


The supervisor is responsible that the transcript is signed by all members and delivered to the administrator for doctoral education at the student´s department.

The Dissertation Committee

Questions about the public defence application

Sofie Petersson

Administrative officer