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Licentiate degree: Advice and instructions

Third-cycle education at the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science may lead to either a licentiate degree or a doctorate. The licentiate can be either a step towards the Doctor of Philosophy degree or a final qualification.

The Faculty Board resolved that “it shall be possible under certain circumstances to admit students for licentiate studies at the Faculty of Science, although the main rule should be to admit students for doctoral studies.”

When a student is admitted to a third-cycle licentiate programme, the reasons for the admission should be specified in the individual study plan. A third-cycle student originally admitted to a programme that ends with a licentiate degree may apply to continue his or her studies in a third-cycle programme that ends with a doctoral degree. There is however no guaranteed admission. All students who apply compete with one another for the places that are available.

  • Procedures for admission to licentiate studies

    Procedures for admission to licentiate studies

    The Head of Department takes decisions to admit students to licentiate studies. Before such a decision is taken, the department must carry out the customary examination of the applicant’s scholarly qualifications and assess whether the applicant is a suitable candidate for third-cycle education.


  • General requirements for the licentiate degree

    General requirements for the licentiate degree

    In order to earn a licentiate degree, the student must have acquired in-depth subject knowledge, training in research methods, and experience performing advanced, autonomous work. Licentiate studies comprise taught courses and independent work in the form of a research thesis. The requirements correspond to two years of full-time study (120 HEC).

    The Higher Education Ordinance specifies that the thesis must comprise at least 60 higher education credits (HEC). The detailed requirements are specified in the syllabus and the individual study plan.

  • The research theisis

    The research thesis

    The student’s autonomous work must result in a thesis covering one or more limited research problems dealt with using scholarly methods adequate for the field of research.  The licentiate theisis should be written to the fullest extent as a compilation theisis.

    English is the recommended language, but the paper may be written in Swedish. The requirements for demonstrated originality and autonomous production of the paper are of the same nature as for a doctoral thesis, but less comprehensive in scope.

    When the scholarly work and authorship of the included paper or papers were performed jointly by two or more people, the individual candidate for a licentiate degree must nevertheless write a separate introduction to the papers (thesis frame).


    A brief abstract must be appended to the thesis. The abstract must be written in English and provide a clear and concise overview of the salient points of the thesis. The abstract must be approximately 250 words. Key words useful for electronic searches must be provided below the abstract.

  • Title page and printers

    Title page and printers

    Thesis covers

    Students who will be publicly defending a doctoral thesis or licentiate thesis at the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science must use a title page designed especially for the purpose.

    The printing company will edit and design your thesis cover

    The printing company will design the cover for your thesis or licentiate thesis. If you want to print your licentiate thesis on your own printer, please contact the Communicator Officers at the Faculty and they will help you with the cover.Omslagsmallar för doktorsavhandlingar.

    Here, next to this text you have samples of the covers for the thesis. You can click on the pictures to download the samples as pdf files.

    You choose the draft that you want to use for your cover, and then you choose whether or not you want to have an illustration on your cover.

    Please note that you can have an illustration on all versions of the cover.

    You have to choose one of the samples suggested by the University, you are not allowed to design you own cover.


    The University of Gothenburg has contracts for printing theses with three printers.

    You must always ask the first printer first (Brandfactory).

    If they don't answer you in reasonable time or if they don't have the ability to print within your demands you ask the second printer (Aidla Trading/Kompendiet ) and then the third (Ale Tryckteam).

    1. Brandfactory AB
      Mats Kamperin, 010-212 21 29, mats.kamperin@brandfactory.se
    2. Aidla Trading AB/Kompendiet
      Anneli Aidla, +46 31-83 20 40, anneli@kompendiet.se
    3. Ale Tryckteam AB
      Jimmy Lundbeck, +46 727-253510, jimmy@tryckteam.se

    ISBN number and ISSN number

    An ISBN for a doctoral thesis is not mandatory, although an ISBN does facilitate retrieval of a document.

    PhD students at Gothenburg University request for ISBN at Publication and Bibliometry Services, Gothenburg University Library. This information applies to ISBN for Doctoral Theses, the print version and the digital version. Equally applicable for the digital version is also the permanent link from GUPEA, known as handle.

    For ACTA documents, ISBN are continuously issued at the University Library section for ACTA administration

    Theses are normally printed in editions of 200-300 copies. Please note that it may take a day or two to get the ISBN.

    If the thesis is part of a departmental series, you will also be assigned an ISSN through your department.

    ACTA administration
    More information about ISBN at the University Library


    Doctoral theses are printed in a format corresponding to about 80% of A4 size. If you need a title page for a licentiate thesis, please state whether you intend to print it in the same format as a doctoral thesis or in A4 format.



  • Decision on semiar

    Decision on seminar

    The licentiate seminar is to take place on a weekday during the periods 1 September to 22 December and 7 January to Friday one week before midsummer. A faculty examiner, whose task is to closely examine the thesis and ask questions at the seminar, must be appointed.

    The examiner suggests a time and a place. The Head of Department will decide the time and place of the licentiate seminar. The thesis will be critically reviewed by a special reviewer appointed by the Head of Department.



    The thesis is given a grade of pass or fail by the examiner. Once the student has completed the taught course component, everything is entered into the LADOK system and you send a web application.

    Licentiate and doctor degree application form

    Distribution of the thesis and notice of the seminar

    The thesis must be available at the department for at least three weeks before the seminar while the semester is in progress. At that time, a copy of the Head of Department's decision on a licentiate seminar and one copy of the thesis must be sent by you to the Faculty Office.

    Please be aware that copies of the thesis must be made publicly available during this three-week period in sufficient number to enable satisfactory examination of the thesis at the seminar. For this reason, the Faculty Board recommends distribution of one copy of the thesis to all departments at all higher education institutions in Sweden whose activities are related to the subject area of the thesis. The department will announce where the thesis is available and the date and time of the seminar.

Contact at the Faculty Office

Gabriella Olshammar, Doctoral studies officer


Faculty Office of Science
PO Box 460
S-405 30 Gothenburg

Questions about Graphic design?

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Linnéa Magnusson
031-786 5125

Tanja Thompson
031-786 9886

Page Manager: Linnéa Magnusson|Last update: 6/13/2018

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