The objective of the trial lecture is to enable the candidate to demonstrate his/her ability to acquire knowledge above and beyond the topic of the thesis, and to communicate this knowledge in a lecture situation. The topic will therefore not have links to the central topic of the thesis. The lecture will last 45 minutes in the language agreed with the faculty beforehand (usually in English). The academic level of the lecture must be suited to master degree students or students in the final phase of a five-year programme of professional study.
The topic of the trial lecture (the assigned topic) is decided by the evaluation committee and is sent to the candidate by email 10 working days before the date of the trial lecture (and public defence). After receiving the assigned topic, the candidate preferably should discuss the topic with the supervisors or others in the academic community; how the title should be understood and how the lecture should be delimited and organised.
The trial lecture is normally held on the same day as the public defence of the thesis. The assessment of the trial lecture is made by the evaluation committee and from the following criterias:
- The PhD candidate’s choice of material
- Structure of the trial lecture
- Comprehension and maturity
- Presentation techniques’ skills, inclusive use of visual aids
- The time frame of 45 minutes (the trial lecture must not be too short or long)
Deviations from these moments could mean that the trial lecture does not reach approval.
If the trial lecture does not reach approval:
If the evaluation committee does not recommend that the trial lecture be approved, the public defence may still be held as planned.The candidate must have a new trial lecture on a new topic (cf. PhD regulations Section 19-2).