Trial lecture and public defence
The doctoral examination for the PhD degree consists of a trial lecture on an assigned topic and a public defence of the thesis, also known as disputation.
The trial lecture is normally held on the same day as the public defence. There are deadlines for trial lecture and public defence in connection with holidays.
Photo: Øystein Horgmo, UiO
When the dean has approved a positive recommendation from the evaluation committee, you will formally be ready for the public defence. Before the public defence you must deliver a trial lecture on a given topic.
Information about digital public defence
About the PhD examination
The trial lecture is held prior to the public defence and can take place at the earliest six weeks after the Faculty has found the thesis worthy of defence. The disputation is the public defence of the thesis.
Dates for trial lecture and public defence
Dates for the PhD examination should be made after the thesis has been found worthy of defence. There are deadlines for trial lecture and public defence in connection with holidays.
Preparations for trial lecture and public defence
Prior to the public defence you must hand in a completed personal data form and summaries, as well as book a venue and get your thesis printed.
Routines for public defence at the institutes
The institutes at the Faculty have some additional routines for implementing a public defence. Please see your institute for a more detailed overview of your tasks as candidate, committee member or institute.