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The Dissertation

The PhD dissertation is a crucial part of the doctoral journey, representing a substantial contribution to the field of study. Candidates are expected to advance knowledge or methodologies within their chosen study area, demonstrating academic rigour and originality.

Submission and Evaluation Process Candidates must submit their dissertation for evaluation by the end of their final year. The PhD Programme Committee, in consultation with the supervisor and any co-supervisors, assesses the dissertation's scholarly merit to decide if the candidate is ready for evaluation.
The PhD Programme Committee appoints two or more highly qualified external evaluators to assess the work. These evaluators, known as referees, have 30 days from receiving the dissertation to provide a detailed written evaluation. They determine whether the dissertation should proceed to public defence or require significant revisions. If revisions are necessary, they must be completed within six months.

Extension Requests If a candidate requires more time to complete their dissertation due to valid and documented reasons, they may request an extension of up to twelve months beyond the regular duration of the doctoral program. This request must be submitted to the Doctoral Program Coordinator at least thirty days before the end of the final year. It's important to note that obtaining an extension does not entitle the candidate to additional financial support beyond the ordinary course duration.

Please refer to the Procedure for Final Examination page for detailed procedures regarding the final examination. This page includes all necessary submission requirements and outlines the evaluation process by external referees.


PhD Programme in International Studies, School of International Studies

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