Defence – University of Copenhagen

Defence

PhD defence

You must inform the Graduate School about the date and time of the defence at least three weeks before it takes place.

Inform the Graduate School

Planning the defence

If the assessment committee’s recommendation is positive, the principal supervisor and the PhD student can begin planning the defence. Together, you are responsible for:

  • arranging assessors’ travel and accommodation 
  • booking the venue for the defence (does not need to be at UCPH)
  • appointing a chair to lead the defence.

More about assessment work

The oral defence

  • The assessment committee examines the PhD student and facilitates an academic discussion.
  • The defence normally takes place in English and can be a video conference if necessary. In order for the defence to be conducted in Danish, all members of the assessment committee must agree to this. In addition, it should be clarified whether anyone in the audience would prefer the defence to be held in English.
  • Supervisors have no formal role during the oral defence. However, they should attend the event in order to support the PhD student and celebrate his or her achievements.

Chairing of the defence

The person chairing the defence could be someone other than a member of the assessment committee, e.g. a member of academic staff from the department, the head of the graduate programme or the head of department, but could also be the chair of the assessment committee.

PhD certificate and documentation

  • You will receive your PhD certificate approximately 1–2 months after a successful defence.
  • Shortly after the defence, you will receive an e-mail from the Graduate School confirming that the Academic Council has awarded you the PhD degree. This e-mail serves as temporary documentation.