After the thesis has been submitted but before the defence the doctoral candidate must give a trial lecture on a given topic (see guidelines for PhD Part III and section 13.1 of the regulations). The Faculty recommends that the trial lecture is held latest 3 weeks before the planned defence. The department or a person authorized by the department appoints a separate trial lecture committee (which should have the same leader as the evaluation committee). The committee for the trial lecture must consist of at least three members, but all of these may be in-house. All members must have a doctoral degree or equivalent competence. The department is responsible for arranging the trial lecture and announcing it.
The trial lecture can also be held in connection with the defence and evaluated by the evaluation committee for the thesis. In these cases the trial lecture will be announced by the Faculty along with the defence.
Please refer to the form Application to submit a doctoral thesis and committee proposal to find information about the trial lecture of this candidate:
- Alternative 1: Trial lecture with a separate trial lecture committee
- Alternative 2: Trial lecture in connection with public defence, evaluated by the evaluation committee for the PhD thesis
The leader of the evaluation committee will inform the committee of the procedures for trial lecture in connection with the defence, if the evaluation committee for the PhD-thesis will also evaluate the trial lecture.
The committee sends the title of the trial lecture in writing to the department (the research programme committee) 15 workdays before the trial lecture date. Ten workdays before the trial lecture the department announces the topic of the trial lecture to the doctoral candidate. After the trial lecture has been held the result of the trial lecture (pass/fail) is reported to the faculty on the original form signed by the members of the committee.
If the trial lecture is given in connection with the defence, the result can be given on the final report after the defence.
A trial lecture must be given and passed before the defence can be held. If the trial lecture is failed, please refer to the PhD-regulations.