VET420 Writing the PhD thesis

Credits (ECTS):2

Course responsible:Charles Mclean Press

Teaching language:Norsk, engelsk

Limits of class size:20

Course frequency:Spring and Fall

Nominal workload:50 hours

Teaching and exam period:



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

About this course

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 achieve the following skills/knowledge:


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
  • The course is a mix of lectures, discussions, and student presentations
  • Students have access to course teachers during the course week and also after if requested.
  • It is recommended that the PhD candidate takes VET420 in semester 4 (for 3-year PhDs) or in semester 5 (for 4-year PhDs)
  • 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.

  • All participants receive comments from one of the course leaders the last day of the course.
  • Attendance is compulsory. An attendance record of at least 75% is required to pass this course.
  • Deadline for registration spring: 1st of February

    Deadline for registration fall: week 38

  • Course preparation: 6 hours

    Lectures: 6 hours

    Presentations and discussions: 12 hours

    Working on thesis draft: 26 hours

  • PhD students at the Veterinary Faculty, NMBU