Faculty regulations vary on the protocol opponents or others involved must follow in the evaluation of doctoral thesis. Some faculties appoint a special selection committee with one member of the doctoral committee who is neither the tutor nor the supervisor; one of the opponents; and one member from the faculty’s permanent committee as chair. The opponents usually receive the thesis well in advance of the doctoral defence. After a certain time has passed, they presumably send a well-argued commentary to the faculty in question and a copy for the doctoral candidate. The commentary indicates whether they deem the thesis acceptable for doctoral defence as well as suggestions for alterations. The precondition for a doctoral defence is that the candidate make satisfactory alterations according to the opponents’ and the supervisor’s instructions.
Doctoral students must acquaint themselves with the regulations that apply regarding the end of their studies and the submission of the thesis in their faculty.