A public defence of a Doctoral thesis ("disputation") means that a Doctoral student who has written a scientific thesis defends it in public. The thesis is examined scientifically and critically by an expert called the opponent.

Public defences at Stockholm University

When your dissertation work is nearing its completion, the manuscript is discussed in order to decide whether your public defence is advisable. There are also a number of practical details that have to be organised involving many actors at the University.

After the public defence -  degree certificate

You apply for a degree certificate on an application form or digitally via My Studies. You yourself are responsible for seeing to it that the Department reports to Ladok that your public defence has been accepted and that all the courses leading up to the Doctoral degree have been completed.

After the public defence -  degree conferment ceremony

After your public defence comes the conferment ceremony of your degree. This is a public and formal ceremony when your degree certificate is handed over to you. It is held once a year at the Stockholm City Hall and everyone who has gained a PhD is invited to attend. The ceremony usually takes place in September.

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Guidelines for public defence

Recent Doctoral thesis at the Department