Thesis format

Last changed: 17 August 2017

As part of their PhD studies, students will produce a written thesis, consisting of a synthesis based on three to four papers that should have been accepted by, or at least submitted to, an international scientific journal with a referee system or a monograph.  A printed thesis should be available for public scrutiny before the candidate's public defence.  

A thesis may be a compilation of papers (articles or manuscripts) or a monograph. The faculty board may exclude the possibility of presenting the thesis as a monograph. If so, this must be evident from the general syllabus for the subject. A thesis must be written in English, or in Swedish if this is relevant for the subject.

Rules on the format and quality requirements of the thesis can be found in the SLU guidelines for doctoral education, please read them thoroughly. Please observe that there are different versions of the guidelines, and the one that apply for you is the one that was active when you were admitted as doctoral student.  

Here you will find more information on publication and public announcement of the thesis.

Here you will find the thesis template.

Compilation thesis

In addition to the papers included, a compilation thesis must include a summarising chapter, in which the student places his/her work in an international scientific context with the help of a literature review of the subject and a synthesis of the papers included in the thesis. The thesis section must be checked using the Urkund plagiarism checker.

The quality of all papers included in a compilation thesis must be such that they can be published without major reworking in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, or of similarly good quality as recognised within the discipline.

For more information on this, please see the SLU guidelines for doctoral education.

When discussing the order of authors and authorships for a paper that will be used in a thesis, these guidelines may be used.  

Monograph thesis

All doctoral students writing a monograph thesis must hold a final seminar no earlier than nine months before the planned date for defence of the thesis, or the licentiate seminar.

The student must present his/her work, answer questions and discuss comments at the final seminar. An evaluator must participate in the final seminar. Monograph theses must be checked using the Urkund plagiarism checker.

For more information on this, please see the SLU guidelines for doctoral education.

External pre-examination procedure

External pre-examination is only necessary if the principal supervisor decides that the thesis and doctoral student are ready for the licentiate seminar or the defence of the thesis, even though the formal requirements are not met or if the principal supervisor decides that the thesis and doctoral student are ready for the defence of the thesis even though the evaluator at the final seminar strongly questioned the prospects of the thesis being completed according to timetable.

For more information on this, please see the SLU guidelines for doctoral education.

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