The Higher Education Ordinance states the general learning objectives for postgraduate studies at Swedish Higher Education Institutions. The majority of these learning objectives are qualified through the presentation of a doctoral thesis. Based on the guidelines stated in the ordinance, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Linköping University applies the principle that each postgraduate studies unit must independently define the quality standards that apply to doctoral theses. This is accomplished in part through peer review and partly through guidelines in the general study syllabus for postgraduate programmes.
The General Study Syllabus for Postgraduate Studies in Environmental Science (Allmän studieplan för forskarutbildning i miljövetenskap LiU -2013-01491) states the following guidelines concerning theses submitted for a doctoral degree:
For the doctoral degree, the doctoral student must write a scholarly thesis whose scope is equivalent to 180 Higher Education Credits. The thesis must be based upon independent research and be germane to research in the chosen field. It must be designed either as a uniform, cohesive, scholarly work (monograph thesis) or as a summarizing discussion (compilation thesis) of scholarly papers written or co-written by the doctoral student. The papers must be of such quality that they can be published in recognised scholarly journals. In reference to publications by multiple authors, it must be possible to identify and assess the work of the individual doctoral student.
To further clarify the standards, Tema V has otherwise adopted the following in ‘Thesis Guidelines for a Doctoral Degree in Water and Environmental Studies’ (Riktlinjer för avhandling för doktorsexamen i Vatten i natur och samhälle tema V 2009-03-21):
A monograph must be a cohesive presentation that contains new scientific knowledge and is based on the writer’s independent research and which has been assessed at various stages of the process by internal and external reviewers. The formal aspects of scientific presentation must be fully observed and materials, methods, theories and key concepts must be well-integrated in the analysis. The monographic presentation imposes high standards for readability. If a monograph is written by more than one author, the paper must clearly identify which author has main responsibility for each section.
A compilation thesis, which must meet the same quality standards as a monograph, should normally be comprised of an introduction and at least four articles and must be written in English. The introduction and the articles must deal with the same area of research. The articles must be intended for publication in Swedish or foreign peer-reviewed journals, anthologies, proceedings or the equivalent. As of the date the thesis is defended, at least three of the articles must be in the peer review process and at least one must have been accepted. The thesis author must be the first author of at least two articles, where such are co-written, and the thesis must state for which part of the article the thesis author had principal responsibility. Questions of copyright must be observed so that permission is obtained for the publication of previously published articles and so that future publication is not precluded because the articles have already been published as a thesis.
The General Study Syllabus for Postgraduate Studies in Environmental Science (Allmän studieplan för forskarutbildning i miljövetenskap LiU -2013-01491) states the following guidelines for theses submitted for a licentiate degree:
For the licentiate degree, the student must write a scholarly thesis whose scope is equivalent to 80 Higher Education Credits. The thesis must be based upon independent research. The thesis must be defended at a public seminar while the term is in session. The Board of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences determines the more detailed rules for presentation of the scholarly thesis.
You can read more about this on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Postgraduate Studies Web.
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