Department of Psychology

Review of Dissertation

Template for the examination of dissertation at half-Time and final review seminars

The PhD student’s dissertation manuscript is to be examined by two senior lecturers in preparation for the halftime- and final review seminars. During the seminar, the PhD student is to report on both past- completed and future-planned work, as well as on the final dissertation manuscript itself.After this presentation, one of the senior lecturers takes the role of opponent.One of the senior lecturers (for example) may take this role during the half-time seminar, and the other assumes this same role at the final seminar (this decided by the senior lecturers themselves). Also, the senior lecturers will provide a written assessment to the PhD student, his/hers supervisors as well as the director of research studies in conjunction to the seminars.

The Half-time seminar

The written assessment that is handed out in conjunction to the half-time seminar should include both constructive points on the manuscript as well as position on whether the dissertation work can proceed as planned. This recommendation is to be based on both the completed and planned work. The senior lecturers will also provide a statement on if 50 % of the research-programs requirements have been completed at the time of the seminar. The PhD student, the supervisors and the director of research studies are all to receive copies of the written assessment.

Licentiate seminar

The proceedings at the Licentiate seminar are in essence the same as at the half-time seminar, with the only addition that the lecturer that isn’t the main opponent instead assumes the role of the examiner. The senior lecturers don’t have to supply a written assessment at the licentiate seminar.

Final review seminar

Well before the planned dissertation defense seminar is scheduled (about two months), a final review seminar is held. After this final review seminar, the senior lecturers and main supervisors meet to discuss the dissertation thesis. The director of research studies may attend this meeting. The senior lecturers will provide the PhD student, all supervisors as well as the director of studies with a written assessment (se below) either before or after this meeting.

If the supervisors haven’t yet presented the participants to the dissertation seminar (e.g., external opponent or members of the exam committee) this may also be announced at this meeting.

If both the senior lecturers are from the same department as the PhD student (as is often the case), they should both be present at the final review seminar as well as during the following meeting. Regarding monograph dissertations, an external lecturer should be made examiner. If one lecturer isn’t present, the lecturers written remarks should be provided before the final review seminar. The written remarks must include a review of the dissertations quality. The current FUN-decided guidelines for written remarks/review are:

(a) The research questions chosen must be able to be derived from earlier theoretical and empirical studies

(b) The research questions must be formulated in a way so that they can be answered

(c) The design must be able to answer the chosen research questions

(d) Analyses and methodology is carried out correctly

(e) Conclusions are based on analyses made

(f) Language should be understandable and correct

(g) APA style (references, tables, figures) must be followed

The written judgment will also discuss the manuscripts scientific quality and provide constructive points that should include a recommendation if the dissertation thesis can be (i) submitted, (ii) submitted after exemplified changes are made, or (iii) dissuade from submission.

The PhD student may also consult the senior lecturers further if needed.