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Submitting a PhD thesis without prior enrolment

In very exceptional cases the university can decide that a PhD thesis can be assessed without the author having completed a PhD programme if it is considered that the author has acquired qualifications in some other way that can be equated with a completed PhD programme, cf. Section 15, subsection 2 of the Ministerial Order on PhD programmes.

When a PhD thesis is submitted without the author's prior enrolment, the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences can charge a fee to cover the expenses connected with the work of the assessment committee and holding a PhD defence.

Applications for submitting a PhD thesis without the author's prior enrolment must be made on the PhD committee form Submission of PhD thesis without prior enrolment, which must be accompanied by an account of the way in which the author has acquired qualifications in another way that can be equated with the requirements laid down in the Ministerial Order on PhD programmes together with documentation for the activities mentioned in the account and a solemn declaration regarding whether the PhD thesis has previously been submitted for assessment.

The PhD thesis  must be submitted in PDF format to the PhD School Secretariat via e-mail (phdsek@sam.sdu.dk)  accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Application for submission of PhD thesis without prior enrolment 
  2. Solemn declaration

for assessment and whether the author has acquired qualifications that can be equated with the requirements laid down in the Ministerial Order on PhD programmes for the completion of PhD programmes.

If the thesis can be accepted for assessment, the PhD committee will recommend the composition of an assessment committee to the Dean. The PhD School Secretariat will inform the author about the composition of the assessment committee. If the author has not raised objections to the members within a week, the PhD School Secretariat will forward the thesis to the assessment committee. The same rules apply to the composition and procedures of the assessment committee in connection with a thesis defence as to those in connection with theses submitted after completed PhD study programmes.

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