When and how is the adjudication committee appointed?

  • You submit your thesis.
  • The Dean of Research submits a proposal for an adjudication committee in consultation with the academic environment. The faculty will forward the proposal to you by e-mail.
  • You have a one-week deadline to submit any remarks regarding the composition of the committee.
  • The proposed adjudication committee will be approved by the Dean. The faculty sends appointment letters to the committee members, with a copy to you. The adjudication committee is normally appointed within one month of submission of the thesis.

How long does the adjudication take?

The recommendation of the adjudication committee will be ready within 3 months of the committee having received the thesis.

The adjudication can take longer during holiday periods. The deadline for the recommendation is stipulated in the committee's appointment letter.

If you have not received any news 3.5 months after appointment of the committee, you can contact the faculty and ask whether the work is nearing completion. The committee must not be contacted directly.

What are the possible outcomes of the adjudication?

The adjudication committee can either recommend that the thesis is approved for public defence or that it is rejected.

The committee may also recommend that you submit a revised thesis within 6 months.

Read more about the possible outcomes of the adjudication

When the recommendation is ready

The recommendation of the adjudication committee will be sent to the faculty. A copy of the recommendation will be e-mailed to you, and you have a deadline of 10 working days to submit any written remarks. If you do not wish to submit remarks, you must notify the faculty of this in writing as soon as possible.

The Dean will decide whether a doctoral thesis is worthy of public defence on the basis of the adjudication committee’s recommendation and any comments.

 What can you do during the adjudication process?

You should prepare the thesis manuscript for printing during the adjudication process, even though you do not know whether the thesis has been approved or not. The weeks before the public defence are usually busy. It is also natural to draw up a list of errata, and follow it up with preliminary changes in the thesis to be printed.

Read more about printing and preparations


Published Apr. 22, 2015 8:22 AM - Last modified Jan. 17, 2018 10:02 AM