Information for the Evaluation Committee

Your role as third opponent is to coordinate the work with the evaluation of the PhD thesis, and to make sure that the regulations for evaluation of Norwegian PhD theses are followed. We recommend that you send out an e-mail to the opponents with a timeline for the work to be done as soon as possible after you set the tentative date for the disputation. You are also responsible that the committee agrees on how to divide the work between them.

The third opponent should:

  • Focus on determining a date for the disputation. When the thesis is sent to you by the PhD adviser, you will get a proposed date. The third opponent should, in collaboration with the committee, the candidate and the main supervisor, determine a date for the disputation as soon as possible. After this, please communicate the date to the PhD adviser ( . Please note that there should be no contact between the committee and the candidate/supervisors except from issues regarding the date for the disputation.

  • Make sure that a joint report from both opponents on FORM 4.4 (Assessment of thesis by the Evaluation Committee) is submitted within the deadline.

  • Inform the opponents that the thesis can either be approved, not approved, or sent back for major rework. The candidate is not allowed to correct the text (typos and minor rewrites) after receiving the report.

  • Make sure that the committee decides on a topic for the trial lecture, which is to be sent to within 15 days before the disputation and the trial lecture. The topic should be wider than the topic of the thesis and should not overlap directly with the thesis. 

  • Inform the committee about the procedures of the disputation: The candidate presents hers/his thesis, then the first and the second opponent speaks. The focus should be on discussion and dialogue. Each opponent usually speaks 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Inform the committee that it is best if they themselves divide the work between them based on their competence in the field. This concerns both the written report and the disputation itself.

  • Inform the opponents that they should come to Oslo the day before the disputation and that there will be a dinner with the disputation leader or main supervisor on that evening. It is also common for the candidate to invite the committee to the disputation dinner on the evening of the disputation day. It is the third opponent’s responsibility to find out whether there will be a dinner and if the opponents are invited (NB. Not until after the candidate has gotten his/her evaluation). The third opponent usually holds a speech during the dinner. If there is no dinner, the third opponent usually says some words during the lunch after the disputation.

  • The third opponent should be aware that if the candidate works at The Veterinary Institute (VI), the lunch is usually held there.

  • The third opponent should make herself/himself familiar with the regulations for the PhD program at NMBU, especially the paragraphs 12-16 and 18-20. (As sent to you together with the thesis).


Published 4. August 2017 - 12:48 - Updated 5. February 2020 - 11:07