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Congratulations, you are on the home stretch! The right to defend a doctoral thesis in a public defence means that your doctoral thesis meets the minimum requirements and that your faculty has granted you the right to have your thesis printed and to start the preparations for your public examination. The Faculty Council decides on granting permission for public defence based on statements by the preliminary examiners. Please note that the defence must be held no later than a year after receiving the right to defend the doctoral thesis.

Permission for public defence

After both of the pre-examiners have given statements proposing that the permission for public defence be granted, a presenting official of the Faculty Council will submit the matter for processing by the Faculty Council. You will receive the pre-examiners’ statements soon after their submission, no later than at the time of publication of the agenda for the Faculty Council meeting. If you do not accept the statements, you have the right to submit an objection.

Usually, a grading committee for the dissertation is appointed in the same Faculty Council meeting where permission for public defence is granted.

After receiving permission for a public defence, you may start preparing your public examination together with the custos and opponent, as well as have your doctoral thesis printed and carry out related communications. After the Faculty Council meeting, your faculty’s doctoral student services will notify you that you have been granted the right to defend and that the grading committee has been appointed, in addition to which you will be sent instructions on holding the public examination and having the thesis printed.

Checklist for those who have received permission for public defence

  • Read the instructions concerning publishing the dissertation and related communications, as well as arranging the public examination.
  • Don't forget that you have to be an attending student until your graduation!
  • When necessary, make sure the language revision of your doctoral thesis is completed.
  • Agree on the date and time of the public examination time with the custos, opponent and the faculty representatives, and see to the arrangements.
  • Communicate about the event by completing the dissertation form in E-thesis at least three weeks before the public defence.
  • Have your doctoral thesis printed after making the final corrections. Don't forget the abstracts and the title page.
  • Organise the distribution of the printed thesis: printed theses must be distributed and the E-thesis version published no later than five workdays before the public examination.