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The evaluation committee has three months to submit a report after receiving the thesis.

What happens after the thesis is submitted?

After the thesis, including all necessary attachments and forms, has been submitted to the faculty, the proposed evaluation committee must be approved by the dean. The thesis is sent to the committee members for evaluation after the committee has been formally appointed. This process may take up to four weeks.

After the committee has been approved you will receive an e-mail with information about the case processing. You will also receive a copy of the appointment letter sent to the committee members.

You cannot have any contact with the committee members before the trial lecture and public defence.

The committee's recommendation

You will find the deadline for the committee's recommendation in the committee's appointment letter. July is a holiday month and is not included when setting the deadline for submission of a recommendation. The evaluation process, therefore, takes longer during the summer holidays.

The evaluation committee can submit the following recommendations:

  • unanimous recommendation
    • unanimous positive recommendation
    • unanimous negative recommendation
  • recommendation of revision
  • divided recommendation

Unanimous recommendation

You will be notified by email if a recommendation is a unanimous positive recommendation or a unanimous negative recommendation as soon as the faculty has received the signed recommendation. You have two weeks to present written comments to the recommendation. Your comments will be enclosed with the recommendation when it is sent to the dean for final approval.

If you have no comments to the recommendation, you must notify the faculty as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to, so that the recommendation can be forwarded to the dean.

Unanimous positive recommendation

If the recommendation is a unanimous positive recommendation, you are formally ready for public defence of the thesis once the dean has approved the committee's recommendation.

Unanimous negative recommendation

If the recommendation is a unanimous negative recommendation, you will have to wait for at least 6 months before you can re-submit a new thesis for evaluation.

Recommendation of revision

If the committee recommends a revision of a submitted thesis, the committee will submit a preliminary recommendation that identifies specific aspects of the thesis that should be changed. The Faculty decides whether you shall be given the opportunity to revise your submitted thesis and, if so, sets a deadline for sumbission of the revised thesis. You may be given up to three (3) months for the revision. You cannot appeal the decision of revision.

If you submit a revision of the thesis within the given deadline, the appointed committee will make its final recommendation after having assessed the revised thesis. The evaluation committee must deliver its final recommendation within one (1) month after a revised thesis has been submitted to the committee.

If you do not submit a revision of the thesis within the deadline, the thesis will normally not be approved for public defence.

Divided recommendation

If the committee's recommendation is divided, the faculty itself will make a decision as to whether the thesis is worthy of public defence.

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Published Apr. 22, 2015 8:22 AM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2020 9:12 AM