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Completion of the Programme

The PhD study ends with the submission, assessment and defence of the PhD thesis. The thesis must document the PhD student’s or author’s ability to apply the subject’s scientific methods and to provide a research effort corresponding to the international standards for PhD degrees within the subject area, cf. section 11 of the PhD Executive Order.

Special rules apply for PhD students under the Industrial PhD scheme in relation to the submission of the PhD thesis and procedures for appointing assessment committees, etc. For more information, please see the Instructions for the Industrial PhD scheme at the Danish Agency for Research and Innovation.

If the Thesis is article based, there are different guidelines to follow depending on the PhD programme the student is enrolled at.  

The principal supervisor’s responsibility

In connection with completion of the PhD programme, as a supervisor you are responsible for the following:

  • Preparing the final principal supervisor’s statement, which summarises the entire PhD programme (courses, lectures and environmental change) when the PhD thesis is submitted.
  • Participating in the assessment work and the PhD defence without voting rights.
The thesis

Read more about the formal requirements for the thesis - including requirements to an article-based thesis

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Read more about the supervisor’s function in connection with the submission of the PhD thesis

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The composition of the assessment committee

Here you can read more about the rules for the composition of the assessment committee.

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Last Updated 15.03.2024