Course code VET420

VET420 Writing the PhD thesis

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2019 - 2020 .

Course responsible: Charles Mclean Press
Teachers: Jorun Pedersen, Camilla Wiik Gjerdrum, Ellen Margrete Skancke, Michael Andreas Tranulis, Marina Elisabeth Aspholm, Ellen Margrete Skancke, Michael Andreas Tranulis, Charles Mclean Press, Andrew Michael Janczak, Marina Elisabeth Aspholm, Eystein Skjerve
ECTS credits: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:



The course runs over one week, with lectures and discussions before lunch and work on the presentation / thesis draft after lunch.

Course frequency: Spring and Fall
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Course contents:

The following topics are presented during the course:

  • NMBU  procedures linked to submitting and defending thesis
  • Writing the PhD thesis
  • Supervisor - student relationships.
  • Co-authorship, conflicts of interest.
Learning outcome:

Through the course the students are expected to reach the following platforms:


Know the system for submitting and defending the thesis

  • Know how a PhD thesis is constructed and written


  • Be able to write and submit a first thesis draft
  • Be able to reflect about and discuss important topics related to supervision and scientific publishing
Learning activities:
The course is a mix of lectures, discussions, and student presentations
Teaching support:
Students have access to course teachers during the course week and also after if requested.
The syllabus is mainly presentations and web-links given during the course. Some reference books will be suggested during the course
The ph.d. student must have passed the NMBU midterm evaluation (VET421)
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Attendance is compulsory. An attendance record of at least 75% is required to pass this course.
The student must give an adequate presentation of the PhD  project, and submit a first draft of the thesis the last day of the course.
Nominal workload:
50 hours
Entrance requirements:
PhD students at the Veterinary Faculty, NMBU
Type of course:

Course preparation: 6 hours

Lectures: 6 hours

Presentations and discussions: 12 hours

Working on thesis draft: 26 hours


Deadline for registration spring: week 5

Deadline for registration fall: week 38

All participants receive comments from one of the course leaders the last day of the course.
Examination details: Midterm course: