Faculty of Law

Conclusion of PhD training: Disputation and defence

Guidelines and practical information for PhD candidates and members of the evaluation committee.

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From submission to the defence


First of all, read the document about completion of the degree and the public defence. If you have questions regarding design, like font or font size, you can look at UiBs template for theses


When ready to submit your thesis, you must upload it to Avhandlingsportalen. When you receive an order confirmation from the Skipnes, please forward this email to phd@jur.uib.no.

Apply for evaluation 
You also need to apply for evaluation of your thesis. The application can be something like this: 

"Application for evaluation for the degree PhD.
I hereby submit my thesis entitled "-", and I ask that the thesis is evaluated for the degree PhD. 
Yours sincerely ---"

Send signed and dated application to phd@jur.uib.no, along with a pdf of your thesis.
The evaluation will normally be ready six weeks before tentative date for defense. 

After submission

Topic for trial lecture
Will be sent to you by e-mail on the morning ten work days before trial lecture. 

Press release
Information regarding press release.
Send the press release in a wordfile along with a picture to phd@jur.uib.no 13 work days before defense. 

After your thesis is approved for defense by the evaluation committee and the Faculty Board, you have to order printed copies in Avhandlingsportalen. When you have sent the order, you will receive a confirmation from Skipnes, including an order number. Forward this email to phd@jur.uib.no.

The faculty offers a short booklet containing important information for the candidates preparing their defence, and members of the evaluation committee. In the booklet you can read about the traditions and conventions at the faculty, as well as practical information and a typical schedule for the period from the thesis is submitted until the day of the defence. 

The level of doctoral degrees in Law

Guidelines for the Faculties of Law at the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo. Download guidelines (pdf).

Regulations for the philosophiae doctor (PhD) degree at the University of Bergen

These regulations govern all PhD degrees at the University of Bergen. You can find them here. 

Local regulations for the PhD programme in Law