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Dates for trial lecture and public defence

Dates for the PhD examination cannot be set before the thesis is found worthy of public defence. There are deadlines for trial lectures and public defences in connection with holidays.

Setting a date

Setting a date for the trial lecture and public defence cannot be done before the committee’s recommendation has been approved by the dean.

Earliest date for trial lecture/public defence is 6 weeks after the recommendation has been approved. The 6 week rule is absolute and cannot be made shorter. If tentative dates for the PhD examination are discussed, dates must be at least 5 months ahead in time.

Please note that July is UiO's holiday month and is not included when setting a deadline for submission of a recommendation or setting a  date for public defence (6 week rule). The evaluation process therefore takes longer during the summer holidays. Please note that recommendations will not be approved during July.

It is imperative that suggested dates should not have any bearing on a committee's evaluation. If a committee recommends a minor revision of a thesis, the committee should not feel pressurized to approve the thesis just because a date for the public defence has already been set, ref. § 14.2 of the Regulations for the degree of PhD.

Trial lecture and public defence in connection with holidays

Trial lecture and public defence can take place at the earliest six weeks after the faculty has found the thesis worthy of defence.

The trial lecture takes place the day before or on the same day as the public defence. At the Faculty of Medicine the trial lecture and public defence usually take place on the same day.

Recommended times for trial lecture and public defence is at 10.15am and 1.15pm respectively.The trial lecture must take place before the public defence.

Please note the following dates for trial lecture and public defence in connection with holidays:

Easter

Last possible date for public defence before Easter is Friday before Palm Sunday. The committee’s recommendation must be approved at the latest 6 weeks earlier. First possible date for trial lecture is 11 working days after Easter Monday.

2020: Last possible date for public defence before Easter is 3 April, and the committee’s recommendation must be approved at the latest 21 February. First possible date for trial lecture after Easter is 28 April, and the committee’s recommendation must be approved by 16 March.

Summer

Last possible date for public defence before summer is on the last working day of June. First possible date for trial lecture is 15 days after the first working day in August.

2020: Administration of the PhD programme is closed from 1 July to 4 August.

Deadline for submitting application for appointment of the evaluation committee is 19 May.

Last date for public defence before the summer is 30 June. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by 19 May. First possible date for trial lecture after the summer is 17 August. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by 8 June.

Christmas

Last possible date for public defence before Christmas is the last working day before Christmas Eve. First possible date for trial lecture is 15 days after the first working day in January.

2019/20: Last date for public defence before Christmas is 23 December 2019. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by 11 November 2019. First possible date for trial lecture after New Year’s Eve is 16 January 2020. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by 5 December 2019.

2020/21: Last date for public defence before Christmas is 23 December 2020. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by 11 November 2020. First possible date for trial lecture after New Year’s Eve is 18 January 2021. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by 7 December 2020.

Public defence at the institutes

The institutes at the Faculty have their own routines for implementing public defences (information in Norwegian).

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Published May 28, 2015 2:38 PM - Last modified Apr. 30, 2020 3:51 PM