04.09.2017

Preliminary examination, public examination and assessment of doctoral dissertation

The general procedures of prelimiary examination, public examination, assessment and grading of doctoral dissertation are described in the Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä. More detailed instructions may be set by the Faculty Council. The main steps of examination process are the following:

1. Preliminary examination of doctoral dissertation

  • At least two preliminary examiners are nominated to review a dissertation manuscript. The examiners must be doctoral degree holders with sufficient academic merit. At least one preliminary examiner shall be from outside of the University of Jyväskylä.
  • The preliminary examiners shall give a substantiated written statement on whether permission should be granted or rejected for the publication of the dissertation.
  • Having received permission for the public examination, the doctoral candidate must ensure that the dissertation will be publicly available at least ten days before the public examination.

2. Public examination of doctoral dissertation

  • One or two opponents are nominated for the public examination of the dissertation. Opponents must be professors or doctoral degree holders with sufficient academic merits. The main post of the opponents must be at an university other than the University of Jyväskylä. The supervisor of the dissertation cannot act as an opponent.
  • The Faculty Council may also appoint a special assessment board to make a proposal to the Faculty Council for the grade of the dissertation.
  • The Faculty Council nominates the custos (chair) for the public examination. The custos must have an employment relationship with the University of Jyväskylä.
  • The public examination of the dissertation begins with the doctoral candidate’s introductory lecture on the subject (lectio praecursoria). After this, the opponent presents his/her comments on the dissertation.

3. Assessment and grading of doctoral dissertation

  • Within two weeks of the public examination, the opponents must give a substantiated written statement of evaluation on the dissertation to the Faculty council. The statement must include a proposal for the grade.
  • If the Faculty Council has appointed an assessment board, the board makes a proposal to the Faculty Council for the grade of the dissertation.
  • The Faculty Council grades the dissertation.

Doctoral candidate shall be provided with opportunities to respond to the statements presented in different phases of the process.