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The PhD dissertation

PhD dissertation

The PhD dissertation must document the author’s ability to apply the scientific methods of the field and the author’s contribution to research in the field, and such must correspond to the international standards for PhD degrees awarded in the field. The PhD dissertation may be either

1. a monograph, or

2. a collection of scientific articles including a summary accounting for the relation between the publications and their individual contribution to the complete PhD project.

The monograph as well as the collection of scientific articles must include research contributions which have been published in or are potentially publishable through recognised publishing channels. The number of pages for both publication types depends on the nature and quality of the contents. The monograph is typically 150-300 pages, while a collection of scientific articles must generally consist of three to six papers.

Part of the dissertation may be written in collaboration with others, e.g. supervisors, but must include entirely independent contributions of major scientific importance. If the dissertation contains co-authored papers or chapters, co-authorship statements identifying the student’s share of contribution must be included.

The dissertation may be written in Danish or English, and a brief summary in Danish and English must be enclosed. The head of the Graduate School may permit submission of a dissertation written, in part or in whole, in another language than Danish or English. Application for submission of a dissertation in another language must be forwarded to the head of the Graduate School and must be signed by the principal supervisor and the chairman of the relevant field committee.

Approval of the PhD degree programme

 

At the end of the enrolment period, the principal supervisor must make a final report on the PhD degree programme, including details on the completion of the individual components listed in the PhD plan. The dissertation may be accepted for assessment only if the PhD degree programme as a whole has been completed in a satisfactory manner.

If the principal supervisor concludes that the PhD degree programme as a whole has not been completed in a satisfactory manner, the student must be allowed at least two weeks to put forward his/her comments to the supervisor’s statement.

On the basis of the principal supervisor’s statement and the PhD student’s comments hereto (if any) and the progress reports, the head of the Graduate School will then decide whether the PhD degree programme as whole is found to have been completed in a satisfactory manner.

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Revised 16.05.2017