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The work with the written evaluation is administered by the leader of the evaluation committee.

  • The committee must submit a joint, written evaluation of the candidate's work in good time (minimum 3 weeks) before the planned defence of the thesis. It is important that the joint conclusion whether or not the work is worthy of being publicly defended, is clear.
  • The committee may not accept a thesis on condition that changes are made to the material submitted. The evaluation should conclude as to whether the qualitative and quantitative scientific requirements for a 3-year doctoral degree have been met, and whether the thesis is worthy of being publicly defended for the degree of PhD.

The joint, coordinated evaluation should start by mentioning the scientific field to which the thesis in question is a contribution. Outstanding and important theoretical and/or experimental details should be mentioned. The technical qualities (structure, written presentation and general impression) of the thesis should be briefly commented on. The joint evaluation should include “a discussion of the scientific significance of the thesis and central factors concerning its theoretical framework, hypotheses, material, methodology and findings” (please see point 3.1 Guidelines for the evaluation of candidates for Norwegian doctoral degrees). Individual comments from any committee member may be enclosed.

The evaluation should conclude as to whether the qualitative and quantitative scientific requirements for a 3-year doctoral degree have been met, and whether the thesis is worthy of being publicly defended for the degree of PhD. The committee may not accept a thesis on condition that changes are made to the material submitted. If the thesis is not found worthy of public defence, please see section 3.3 in Guidelines for the evaluation of candidates for Norwegian doctoral degrees and relevant sections from the regulations.

Please see the enclosed regulations for doctoral degrees and other relevant information, particularly point 3. The committee’s evaluation report in the enclosed Guidelines for the evaluation of candidates for Norwegian doctoral degrees.