Defending your thesis at the Department of Public Health Sciences
The Department of Public Health Sciences follows the general rules for dissertation defence at Karolinska Institutet. Here you will find information regarding defending your thesis at the department.
1. Prepare your application
Three months (twelve weeks) or more prior to your dissertation, you should prepare your application.
- Inform your research group administrator
Talk to your research group administrator and let him/her know that it is time to start the process, do this as early as possible.
- Contact opponent and members of the examination board
Establish contact with the opponent and members of the examination board to make sure they are available at the date for your defence.
- Contact the printing house
Contact the printing house AJ E-Print AB to request permission to publish from the relevant journals and obtain an ISBN. Find more information about printing your thesis and contact details to the print house
2. Send your completed application to the Head of Department
One week before you submit your application to the Dissertation Committee at KI, you must send your completed application to the Head of Department.
Head of Department
Prior to this, please note that your application and attached documents need to be reviewed and signed by the Director of Doctoral Studies at the department.
Acting Director of Doctoral Studies
3. Submit your application to the Dissertation Committee
Ten weeks prior to your defence date, you should submit your application to the Dissertation Committee.
Please note, that if the time is less than seven weeks, the application will not be considered. Find more information about sending in your application
4. Nailing and distribution
The act of making a thesis public is called “nailing”. The purpose of nailing is to give people a chance to read your thesis in advance so that they might pose relevant questions during your public defence.
However, before this can be done you will have to have it approved for nailing by a faculty representative. Book an appointment with a faculty representative appointed by the Board of Doctoral Education to endorse your thesis in good time before your public defence. Find more information about nailing and distribution at KI
5. Announcing your thesis defence
The Communications Officer at the Department will announce your thesis defence in the KI calendar, when the electronic version of your thesis is available in the KI Open Archive database.
6. Submit a transcript of your public defence
Hand the completed and signed transcript of your public defence to the educational administrator for doctoral education, who sends it to the Dissertation committee together with at LADOK extract (UT90).