Defence of thesis and spring graduation

The preparations for the public defence of a doctoral thesis include several different elements, the responsibility for which rests largely with the doctoral student. Each faculty has its own rules and procedures in addition to the university-wide rules.

Make an appointment for the defence of thesis

A preliminary time-point for the public defence of the doctoral thesis should be booked by the doctoral student at the faculty office. At the same time, the doctoral student also applies for a time and venue for the defence on a separate form. This form is sent by e-mail to the registrar. Once the request has been approved, a copy of the decision is sent to the doctoral student, the Faculty Office, the University Library and the press officer. When the form reaches the University Library, further information will be sent to the doctoral student about posting and submitting of doctoral thesis for printing.

Printing of doctoral thesis

Contact Tryckservice to discuss the design and printing of the doctoral thesis. Templates for dissertations and posting (spikning) can be found at the webpage Service and Support, Templates with logo


At Umeå University, we have the tradition where the doctoral student posts the thesis at least three weeks before the public defence. From 2010, electronic posting is compulsory, while traditional posting is optional. Further information is found on posting and posting ceremony.

Press release

Prior to the public defence of the doctoral thesis, the doctoral student shall write a press release providing information about the research results and the public defence of the doctoral thesis. Press releases go through the faculty press officers. Read more about how to write a press release.

Public defence of doctoral thesis and grade

The chairperson, faculty examiner and examining committee are appointed by the Dean. Once the doctoral thesis has been approved, the examination report is sent to the registrar, who in turn sends a copy to UB and to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office.

The doctoral student must also apply for their licentiate or doctoral degree through this link. He or she will sign in using their Umu-id and then click the "Degrees and certificates" tab.

Those who can not apply through the link can use an application form. If so, contact Infocenter to get an application form.

Spring graduation

The University invites all doctors, who have earnt their doctoral degree at the university, to participate in the Spring Graduation. Read more about Spring Graduation.


Ester Roos-Engstrand