Degree

Apply for a degree certificate

Degree certificates are processed by the Degree Office at Lund University. However, you must apply for your degree certificate before it can be processed and awarded. The application for a doctoral or licentiate degree can normally be made through Ladok. Read more about how you apply for your degree certificate at the Degree Office’s homepage:   

Information about degree and application form (Lund University website)

Questions regardning application for licentiate/doctoral degree: examen@stu.lu.se 

Copies of degree certificate

If you need a certified copy of your doctoral / licentiate certificate, you can email examen@stu.lu.se. If your doctoral / licentiate degree was issued more than two years ago, please contact universitetsarkivet@legal.lu.se.

Doctoral degree

For a doctoral degree, it is required that the doctoral student has partly been approved for the courses included in the doctoral program and partly has had a scientific thesis (doctoral thesis) approved. The doctoral thesis must have been defended orally in a public defence. The doctoral degree comprises 240 higher education credits. A doctoral student at LTH can choose to apply for a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering or a degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Degree objectives - doctoral degree

For the doctoral degree, the doctoral student must

  • demonstrate broad knowledge in and a systematic understanding of the research area as well as deep and current specialist knowledge within a limited part of the research area, and
  • demonstrate familiarity with scientific methodology in general and with the methods of the specific research area in particular.

For the doctoral degree, the doctoral student must

  • demonstrate the ability for scientific analysis and synthesis as well as for independent critical examination and assessment of new and complex phenomena, issues and situations,
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, independently, creatively and with scientific accuracy identify and formulate issues and to plan and with adequate methods conduct research and other qualified tasks within given time frames and to review and evaluate such work,
  • with a doctoral thesis show their ability to significantly contribute to the development of knowledge through their own research,
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss research and research results in dialogue with the scientific community and society in general in both national and international contexts, orally and in writing with authority;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify needs for additional knowledge, and
  • show conditions for contributing to the development of society and supporting the learning of others, both in research and education and in other qualified professional contexts.

For the doctoral degree, the doctoral student must

  • demonstrate intellectual independence and scientific integrity as well as the ability to make research ethical judgments; and
  • show in-depth insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used.

Licentiate degree

For the licentiate degree, it is required that the doctoral student has partly been approved on the courses included in the doctoral program and partly has had a scientific thesis approved. The thesis must have been presented and reviewed at a public seminar. At least 120 higher education credits are required for the licentiate degree. A doctoral student at LTH can choose to apply for a degree of Licentiate in Engineering or a degree of Licentiate of Philosophy.

Degree objectives - licentiate degree

For a Degree of Licentiate the third-cycle student shall

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of research including current specialist knowledge in a limited area of this field as well as specialised knowledge of research methodology in general and the methods of the specific field of research in particular.

For a Degree of Licentiate the third-cycle student shall

  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues with scholarly precision critically, autonomously and creatively, and to plan and use appropriate methods to undertake a limited piece of research and other qualified tasks within predetermined time frames in order to contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability in both national and international contexts to present and discuss research and research findings in speech and writing and in dialogue with the academic community and society in general, and
  • demonstrate the skills required to participate autonomously in research and development work and to work autonomously in some other qualified capacity.

For a Degree of Licentiate the third-cycle student shall

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments of ethical aspects of his or her own research
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

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