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PhD Defense

Time and place

As soon as possible after the submission of your PhD thesis, your main supervisor is responsible for arranging a preliminary date for a public defence of the thesis and to inform the Graduate School of this date.

In accordance with the PhD Executive Order, the defence must be held no later than three months after the submission of the PhD thesis.
Digital defense
Please find more information regarding digital PhD defenses here.
PhD defense at SDU

If the defense will take place at one of SDU's campuses, rooms can be booked through the booking system, which all university employees have access to. Suitable defence rooms include the Auditorium in Winsløwparken 25, the Grand Auditorium in Winsløwparken 15, the Emil/Aarestrup lecture theatres in the Clinic Building at Odense University Hospital, and the lecture theatres on Campusvej 55.

The Auditorium in WP 25 can be booked on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 6pm. The defence room is booked so that it is available at least 30 minutes before the defence to allow time for setting up PC equipment, Powerpoint projector etc.

Below, you can see when the Auditorium is  available. I you want to book the Auditorium for your defence, please send a mail to with your name, project title(in English) and time and date for your defense.

Please note that when you book the auditorium, a room (25.140) will automatically be booked from 1pm to 6pm for the preliminary meeting and the area outside the Auditorium will be available for you to have a reception after the defense. .


When your thesis has been approved, and you have found a date for the defense, please let the Graduate School know as soon as possible. 
When we receive the information regarding the defense, we will send an official invitation to the assessement committee, the research unit and department. The Graduate School  will also send practical information to the assessment committee and the chair.
The invitation will be postet the University's calendar and on the Graduate School's website and Facebook
The oral defense

Before the oral defende, the assessment committee and the PhD student have a preparatory meeting.

The defense is normally conducted in Danish/Scandinavian if the assessment committee and the PhD student are Scandinavian. In all other cases, it is conducted in English.

The chair of the assessment committee acts as chair for the defence. 

The oral defense consists of:

  • A lecture of 30-45 minutes by the PhD student to present his/her work
  • Examination of the student by the two specialist adjudicators(maximum 1 hour in total) 
    The chair of the defence may also allow questions to the student from the audience, but must ensure that the oral defence does not last longer than two hours

The final recommendation is made immediately after the defence examination (and any questions from the audience). If the oral defence is considered to be satisfactorily completed, the assessment committee signs the protocol. The result is announced to the student prior to the official conclusion of the defence.

It is common for the PhD student to host a reception after the defence.