Trial lecture

When your thesis has been approved and published you are ready for the doctoral degree examination. The doctoral degree examination consists of two parts: The trial lecture and The public defence

The faculty will make an announcement for the trial lecture and the public defence. If you have not done this already, you must at the latest 4 weeks ahead of the public defence, fill in and deliver the press release form to (Cc: so that your work can have correct announcement.

The trial lecture

After the thesis has been submitted and before the public defence, the PhD candidate must give a trial lecture on a specified topic. This is an independent part of the doctoral exam. The purpose of the trial lecture is to test the PhD candidate's ability to acquire knowledge over and above the topic of the thesis, and the ability to convey this knowledge in a lecture setting. The lecture should last for 45 minutes and is conducted in the language agreed with the faculty beforehand (usually in English). The academic level of the lecture must be suited to master's degree students or students in the final phase of a five-year programme of professional study.

The title of the trial lecture is to be decided by the evaluation committee and communicated to the PhD candidate 10 working days before the lecture takes place. The topic of the lecture should not be directly linked to the specific topic of the thesis. After receiving the assigned topic, the candidate preferrably 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 held on the same day as the public defence of the thesis (§17-1 of the facultys supplementary provisions for the PhD programmes). The assessment of the trial lecture is made by the evaluation committee and based on 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 is not approved.

If the trial lecture is not approved

The public defense can not be held before the trial lecture is approved (§17-1 of the NMBU PhD regulations). If the evaluation committee does not recommend that the trial lecture be approved, the candidate must give a new trial lecture on a new topic (§17-1 of the NMBU PhD regulations).

Published 6. October 2017 - 15:58 - Updated 26. May 2021 - 14:09