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Ntnu Phd Dissertation Writing

Applying for thesis evaluation

The application should be sent to the faculty via the department. This ought to take place at the latest 4 months prior to the public defence. At least one copy of the thesis should be included along with the application, please contact your Department for the exact number of copies. As soon as the thesis has been printed, two copies are sent to the faculty office.

If the thesis consists of joint work, the candidate should get a statement from the co-authors and his/her/their eventual consent that the work may be used as a part of the doctoral thesis (see: Statement from co-authors).

Assessment committee

  • Evaluation of the thesis and the public defence will be carried out by a faculty-appointed committee, containing at least 3 members recommended by the department/research groups. The faculty's recommendation should describe how the proposed committee composition covers the relevent subject area. This committee proposal should be submitted together with the thesis.
  • At least 2 of the committee members should not be employed by NTNU.
  • The committee should have at least one non-Norwegian member, preferably from a recognized university abroad, who has experience in supervising PhD candidates and evaluating theses from his/her own country.
  • Both genders should be represented on the committee if possible.
  • Committee members should hold a PhD or have similar qualifications within the relevant field.
  • The faculty shall appoint a committee chairperson (administrator) and opponents in accordance with the relevent department's proposal. Normally, the chairperson will be the committee member from NTNU.
  • The candidate's primary advisor is prohibited from being the committee chair.
  • The PhD candidate can reply in writing concerning the composition of the committee within 1 week of said notification. If the candidate does not wish to submit a statement, the faculty should be notified as soon as possible.
  • The deadline for the committee to decide whether the PhD degree is worthy of public defence is at least 5 weeks prior to the public defence.

Practical considerations

The following are the responsibility of the department and the administrator:

  • The time of the candidate's lecture and public defence should be agreed upon at an early date, in consultation with the committee.
  • The defence locale should be reserved (Total Room or the Council Chamber in the Main Administration Building), and hotel arrangements made for travelling participants. (Any related reservations or matters should also be addressed at the same time.)

Thesis abstracttt 

You should submit an electronic abstract of your thesis to the faculty, corresponding to the abstract in the printed version of your thesis (1-2 pages). The abstract will be published on our webpages as part of the program for your trial lecture and defence. You may send your abstract to this email:

Printing the thesis

A thesis template, available for both English and Norwegian theses, must be used. The template ensures that the theses has a standardized cover and title sheet, and that NTNU is visible the standardized manner.

The template will contains an ISSN serial number with the serial title Doctoral thesis at NTNU or possibly Doktoravhandling ved NTNU, followed by the appropriate sequential numbering for that calendar year.

Each thesis must have an ISBN number. To obtain an ISBN number and serial number, candidates can log into ( ) and follow the instructions provided. If the candidate does not have an NTNU network username he/she can contact:

Relevant print shops

For information on print shops and how to order, please click here (you will be directed to a Norwegian webpage).

Distribution of printed theses

  • The thesis should be made publicly available. The faculty will send one copy of the printed thesis to the NTNU Library (UBiT), at the latest three weeks prior to the public defence of the thesis.
  • Two copies of the printed thesis are sent to the faculty.
  • Following the public defence of the thesis, 7 copies are sent to the National Library in Mo i Rana.

Electronic version of the thesis

All doctoral candidates are required to deliver an electronical copy of their doctoral thesis to NTNU's Library (UBiT) for filing and electronical publishing. This is in addition to the printed copies. It is possible to reserve yourself against electronic publishing, but the thesis must still be delivered in electronic form for filing in NTNU's digital filing system NTNU Open.

Trial lecture

The topic of the trial lecture is determined by the committee and should be sent to the faculty at the latest 5 weeks before the public defence. The faculty will send the topic for the trial lecture to the candidate by email 10 working days prior to the public defence.

Expert committee's recommendation

  • The recommendation of the committee is sent to the faculty at the latest 5 weeks before the public defence.
  • The candidate will receive the recommendation by post and may make written comments within the next 10 working days.

Announcing the public defence of thesis

The public defence is announced on the faculty webpage and on NTNU's intranett.

Practical implementation of the public defence

  • The implementation of the public defence is the responsibility of the department.
  • The dean will normally ask the head of the department to chair the public defence.

Following the defence:
The committee chair sends an evaluation form and a signed copy of the thesis to the faculty.

  • The faculty asks for a plan for the publication of the thesis. Normally, three articles should be published, one of which should appear in a recognized international journal.
  • The Administrator sends the results form and a copy of the dissertation, signed, to the faculty.

Norsk versjon: Avhandlingsformer: Artikkelbasert og monografi
Looking for something else? Topic page about PhD planning

A doctoral thesis may be written as a monograph or as a compendium of several shorter scientific or academic papers. Which type of thesis is appropriate for you will depend on the topic, norms in the field etc. and it is up to you, in cooperation with your supervisor, to decide the type of thesis. We recommend that you make this decision early on in the doctoral process.

Monograph #

A monograph is a unified text describing a specialist topic in detail written by a single author. A doctoral thesis written as a monograph is structured in various chapters with an introduction and a conclusion, and the PhD-candidate is the sole author. Historically, a monograph was the preferred form of doctoral thesis, and it still is in some academic fields.

Collection of articles #

Collection of articles is the most common type of thesis at NTNU today and it is becoming increasingly common in fields that have previously been dominated by the monograph.

There are few absolute requirements in the PhD regulations as concerns this kind of thesis and a lot will therefore depend on the individual thesis and the norms in the field as concerns number of articles, length of summary article etc.

When a thesis consists of several shorter papers, the thesis must include clarification concerning how they are interrelated. Such a clarification is often called a summary article.

If any of the articles is written in cooperation with others, you must follow the rules and regulations concerning co-authorship. If the thesis mainly consists of articles, you should normally be the main author or first author of at least half the articles. A written statement from each co-author should follow the thesis, detailing your and the co-authors’ contribution. Your independent contribution should be identifiable.

Guidelines for the Assessment of Candidates for Norwegian Doctoral Degrees contains more information on how the assessment committee is to evaluate an article-based thesis.

Faculty-specific recommendations and guidelines #

Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art: The thesis may be handed in as a monograph or as a collection of articles. A collection of articles should contain at least three scientific articles published in international journals. At least one article with the candidate as main or first author should be accepted for publication. The candidate must be the main or first author of at least two articles. Guidelines for article based theses.

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology: A collection of articles should contain at least three scientific articles in recognized international peer-reviewed journals. At least one article where the candidate is the main or first author must be accepted for publication. The candidate must be the main or first author of at least two articles.

Faculty of Humanities: The Faculty has compiled a set of recommendations for article-based thesis.

Faculty of Medicine: A collection of articles usually consists of three scientific articles/manuscripts publishable in international peer-reviewed journals. At least one of the articles should be accepted for publication. The candidate should be the first author of at least two articles/manuscripts. In instances where the candidate is not the first author, she/he should have given a substantial contribution to the article. For more information, see the supplementary guidelines to the PhD-regulations.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management: The requirements concerning number of articles, publication etc., is described in the individual PhD-programme’s study plan.