Course code VET420

VET420 Writing the PhD thesis

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Course responsible: Charles Mclean Press
Teachers: Jorun Pedersen, Camilla Wiik Gjerdrum, Cathrine Taule Fjordbakk, Michael Andreas Tranulis, Marina Elisabeth Aspholm
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: