Permission for the Defence of Dissertation

In order to print, publish, release, and defend a dissertation, a permission for the defence of dissertation is needed from the faculty.

The faculty (the Dean, Vice Dean or Council) gives the permission for the defence of dissertation and appoints the opponent and Custos for the defence. Turku School of Economics, the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Education, and Faculty of Social Sciences also appoint an evaluation committee/evaluation group.

Permission for the defence of dissertation can be given, when

  1. Preliminary examination statements in favour of the permissions have arrived
  2. Studies required for the doctoral degree have been fully completed

The process leading to the permission for the defence of dissertation as well as the pre-examination process have faculty-specific differences. There are no instructions that apply to all the faculties, so the doctoral candidates have to check their faculty’s instructions on the web pages. The process described below is an outline of the preliminary examination in the University of Turku.

The general outline of the process leading to the permission for the defence of dissertation

  1. When the statements of the preliminary examiners arrive to the faculty, they are delivered to the doctoral candidate. According to Chapter 44, Section 2 of the Universities Act (2009/558), the doctoral candidate has to have an opportunity to give a written response to the examiners’ statement before the handling of the permission to defend the doctoral dissertation
  2. Depending on the faculty, the doctoral candidate delivers the dissertation manuscript edited during the preliminary examination process or a written account of the changes made to the manuscript according to the preliminary examiners’ statements to the faculty (see the instructions of your faculty).
  3. The faculty decides on granting the permission to defend the doctoral dissertation on the basis of the preliminary examiners’ statements. An opponent, Custos and the possible evaluation committee are appointed to the dissertation defence. In some faculties, the permission to defend the doctoral dissertation and/or the appointment of the opponent and Custos have to be applied for with a separate form (see the instructions of your faculty).

Faculties’ instructions:

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