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Submission of a PhD thesis not preceded by PhD study

Pursuant to the PhD order paragraph 15, subsection 2, the PhD school may decide to accept a thesis for assessment without the author having completed the PhD programme at the faculty, if it assesses that the author in other ways has acquired comparable study elements at PhD level. In order to be considered for assessment by the Faculty of Engineering, the subject matter of the thesis must fall within the fields of research of the Faculty of Engineering.

The author must hold a university master´s degree kandidatgrad or equivalent in length and level.

The author must establish contact to the professor or associate professor at TEK within the subject field of the dissertation, that they would like to have as principal supervisor at TEK. The professor must evaluate the comparable study elements and the draft for the thesis. If the professor assesses that the author has acquired study elements at PhD level and is academically suited for submitting the thesis and having a defense at TEK, the professor must be willing to agree to be the principal supervisor for the author during the process of a standard 6-month enrollment in preparation for submission of the PhD thesis.

The principal supervisor must submit a request for enrollment document to the vice head of the PhD school. The process for requesting enrollment for this kind of student is the same as the process for requesting enrollment of private PhD students, however, documentation for the completed study elements must be included in the documents.

The PhD school administration will assess the study elements and access whether they are found to be equivalent to those of the PhD study and if additional study elements will be required.

The vice head of the PhD school will approve the administrative enrolment of the applicant with a view to an impending evaluation and defense within 6 months. The study elements will be credited the study. The applicant will be associated with the relevant research unit at the faculty and officially assigned the principal supervisor.

The applicant must submit the thesis to the faculty pursuant to the current rules governing submission of PhD theses for assessment at the faculty. It is possible to apply for permission to submit before 6 months, however, prior to the submission of the PhD thesis for the defense, the research unit and the principal supervisor must have the composition of an evaluation committee approved according to the rules of the PhD school.

The PhD School at The Faculty of Engineering University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - DK-5230
  • Phone: +45 6550 7433

Last Updated 06.12.2023