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Assessment of the PhD thesis

After submission, the thesis is send to the assessment commitee, which is given 6 weekes to assess the thesis. 
The assessment concludes whether the PhD thesis complies with the requirements of the PhD Executive Order with regard to academic level, thereby, if the thesis is approved for defense. 

A detailed description of what the assessment contains can be found here.

The chair is responsible for gathering the assessment committees individual assessments, and write a complete assessment of the thesis.  The assessment must be presented to the main supervisor for comments before it is send to the Graduate School. However, the main supervisor should refrain from sharing the assessment with the PhD student.

When Committee Concerning Academic Theses (UvAA) receives the assessment, they will ensure that the assessment is coherent and meets the standard requirements.  

Once UvAA has approved the assessment, the PhD student and main supervisor will be informed. The standard processing time for UvAA is 1-2 weeks. 

The assement of the PhD thesis will have one of the following three conclusions:

The PhD thesis is recommended for public defence: the thesis is accepted in its current form. This means that the PhD student may not make any changes to the thesis whatsoever.
The assessment is sent to the Committee concerning Academic Theses (UvAA) for further processing and quality assurance. When UvAA has processed the assessment the PhD student will receive an e-mail stating the outcome/conclusion of the assessment. The standard processing time is 1-2 weeks.   

The assessment committee recommends that the PhD thesis be revised before a public defence: the PhD student will have at least three months to revise the thesis and the assessment committee will have four weeks to assess the revised thesis.
The PhD student and the main supervisor are asked by the Graduate School to comment on the assessment within two weeks before the recommendation and any comments are sent to the Committee Concerning Theses (UvAA). The PhD student will receive an e-mail stating the outcome/conclusion of the assessment. The PhD student cannot hand in the revised thesis before having received the final decision regarding revision from the Graduate School. 

The PhD thesis should not be considered for public defence: the PhD student will not be offered to resubmit the thesis.
The PhD student and the main supervisor are asked by the Graduate School to comment on the assessment within two weeks before the recommendation and any comments are sent to the Committee Concerning Theses (UvAA). The PhD student will receive an e-mail stating the outcome/conclusion of the assessment and potential further processing.

The Committee Concerning Academic Theses (UvAA) is an advisory committee under the PhD Committee. It contributes to ensuring a constant high level of quality among the PhD degrees awarded by the Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU.

The Committee Concerning Academic Theses advises the PhD Committee and the Academic Council concerning the following tasks:

  • Composition of assessment committees for PhD theses and Doctoral theses
  • General guidance for assessment committees
  • Quality assurance of assessment reports regarding PhD theses and Doctoral theses handed in to the Faculty
  • Advisory function for assessment committees in disputes or other difficult situations
  • Initial assessment of Doctoral theses

Members of  the Committee Concerning Academic Theses

Professor, ph.d. Dorte Ejg Jarbøl (chair)
Professor, ph.d. Christian Godballe
Professor Rikke Sand Andersen
Professor, dr.med. Klaus E. Andersen
Professor, ph.d. Tina Kold Jensen 
Professor, dr.med. Niels Qvist
Professor, ph.d. Ewa Roos
Professor, dr.med. Ove B. Schaffalitzky de Muckadell

Last Updated 06.04.2021