|Three months before planned submission date||PhD Partner at GSTS||Notification e-mail with practical information to PhD student and main supervisor|
|Two months before planned submission date||Student and main supervisor||Student updates, completes and closes the PhD plan and thereafter sends e-mail to main supervisor. Main supervisor checks the PhD plan.|
|Two weeks before planned submission date at the latest||Main supervisor||Fills in and submits the form ‘Members of the assessment committee, incl. Rules of Impartiality’ proposing the two external members of the assessment committee and a member of the Department's PhD Committee to serve as chair. The main supervisor must also find a date for the defence that all members have agreed to. Typically the earliest possible defence date is eight weeks from the submission date.|
|When the date for defence has been set||PhD secretary||Books a room for the defence once the date has been settled.|
|Planned submission date||PhD student||Submits the thesis and other elements|
|Within one week after the submission date||Main supervisor||Submits the Main supervisor statement to the PhD Partner at GSTS|
|As soon as possible after receiving all relevant documents||PhD Partner at GSTS||Sends out the thesis and other relevant information to the assessment committee|
|Immediately after the thesis has been sent to the assessment committee||Chair of the assessment committee||Contacts the committee and coordinates the completion of the written assessment which must be sent to GSTS two months after the thesis has been submitted at the latest but also no later than three weeks before the defence. Template available on SharePoint|
|Within two weeks after thesis submission||PhD student||Sends a photo and a résumé in both Danish and English to GSTS.|
|Within two months after the submission date, but no later than two weeks before the defence||Chair of the assessment committee||Sends a signed version of the recommendation to the PhD Partner at GSTS.|
|As soon as possible||PhD Partner at GSTS||Approves and sends out the recommendation to the PhD student and announces the defence.|
|At least one week before defence||GSTS and PhD secretary||Announce the defence on the GSTS and Department websites when GSTS has received the written assessment.|
|After receiving positive recommendation from GSTS||PhD secretary||Orders lunch for the assessment committee and supervisor. Organises a reception after the defence in cooperation with the PhD student. The research section, the Head of Department and the assessment committee are invited. The PhD student invites partners, family and friends.|
|Immediately after the defence||Chair of the assessment committee||Sends a signed version of the Final Recommendation (awarding the PhD degree) to the PhD Partner at GSTS. If the Recommendation (approval for PhD defence) has not yet been signed by the external evaluators, the Chair ensures that the external evaluators sign the Recommendation at the defence.|
|As soon as possible||PhD Partner at GSTS||Sends final recommendation to the PhD student by e-mail and afterwards the PhD diploma by postal service.|
Timeframe: The defence should not exceed 3 hours including breaks.
Informs about time schedule, the order of opponents and the possibility of asking questions.
The presentation should represent the content of the PhD study (hypothesis, material and methods / experimental design and results) including a general introduction to the research area and a general discussion accounting for further research perspectives.
Members of the audience who would like to ask questions should notify the chairman during the break.
The examination will be based on the content of the presentation and the PhD thesis. The aim of the examination is to give the student the opportunity to prove thorough knowledge of the topic covered, and to create a constructive and fruitful discussion.
The chairman may ask some supplementary questions about the content of the PhD thesis and then close the examination by posing a few overall questions, allowing the PhD student the possibility to put the conducted research into a broader perspective.
The audience can ask questions as agreed with the chairman during the break.
The chairman of the assessment committee concludes the defence by thanking the PhD student and the participants.
The assessment committee leaves the lecture hall to make their final recommendation. The chairman of the assessment committee ensures that the entire committee signs the document “Final Recommendation PhD Degree”.
The assessment committee enters the reception and the chairman of the committee announces their recommendation.
The chairman of the assessment committee submits the final recommendation to the Graduate School of Technical Sciences.