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After the thesis has been submitted but before the defence the doctoral candidate must give a trial lecture on a given topic. The Faculty recommends that the trial lecture is held latest 3 weeks before the planned defence.

The trial lecture is organised by the department. The head of the department or whoever he/she authorisesappoints a separate committee to assess the trial lecture. The committee for the trial lecture shall consist of at least three members, and may have the same chair as the chair of the assessment committee. All of the members can be employed by UiB. All of the members must hold doctoral degrees or equivalentqualifications.

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.