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Submission of the thesis

What should I think about before submitting the thesis for adjudication?

Early in the programme

  • Familiarize yourself with the requirements laid down for a thesis
  • Familiarize yourself with the criteria according to which theses are judged

Documentation of educational component

  • All candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences should make use of StudentWeb. All courses that you have taken should be registered here
  • Remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that the entire educational component is approved and registered in StudentWeb well before you submit your thesis

Well before submission

  • Advise the PhD executive officer in your unit that the thesis will soon be ready for submission, so that the work of composing an adjudication committee may commence
  • Submit a brief summary of the thesis (1-3 pages in English) that can be sent to the relevant committee members

Source and citation check of doctoral thesis

The Faculty of Social Sciences reserves the right to scan all doctoral theses in a text recognition programme before the evaluation process is initiated. The entire thesis is scanned by the programme, but it is the thesis summary that is checked most thoroughly. If the candidate has handed in a monograph, the entire thesis is checked.

The routine has been introduced to ensure that doctoral theses at the Faculty of Social Sciences follow current guidelines for referencing at UiO. The programme reveals any text similarities between the candidate’s work and previously published works, and makes it easier to evaluate whether text excerpts are correctly and sufficiently referenced.

The text recognition programme will not cover all sources, and the candidate still has an independent responsibility to ensure that all sources used in the thesis are correctly and sufficiently referenced.

Useful links:

How do I submit the thesis?

Where is the thesis submitted?

The thesis and all accompanying documents is submitted through an online form (nettskjema) to the unit to which you are affiliated. Send an e-mail to to receive the link to the online form.

What should be submitted?

  • The online form (Application for evaluation of the thesis at the Faculty of Social Sciences.) 
  • The thesis as a PDF file. The thesis should be saved as a PDF-file and should not be scanned.
  • Necessary permits (REC, NSD etc.)
  • Co-authorship declarations
  • Press release (in Norwegian)
  • Abstract (in English) 

Are you submitting a reworked thesis?

If you have been recommended to submit a reworked version of your thesis within a given time frame, you must submit this to the unit in the same way as described above. The submission counts as part of your first submission. You submit a cover letter addressed to the adjudication committee and marked “Submission of reworked thesis” in which you briefly describe the changes made.

Are you submitting for the second time?

You submit in the same manner as for the first submission.

No cooling-off period

You cannot withdraw a PhD that has been submitted for adjudication.

What happens following submission of the thesis?

You will normally receive a message regarding the composition of the adjudication committee within four weeks of submission.

What do I do while I am waiting for the adjudication?

When the report is available

The adjudication committee sends its report to the unit. The PhD executive officer sends you the report for any comments before it can be approved by the faculty.

What outcomes may the adjudication have?

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Published Apr. 22, 2015 8:22 AM - Last modified May 15, 2020 9:30 AM