Examining board

The members of the Examining board for dissertations at the University of Borås must at least have the formal merits/positions corresponding to associate professor or professor. The examining board is normally composed of 3 or 5 members. The majority of the board members must have another employer than the university of Borås.

The constituents of the doctoral thesis (i.e. publications in scientific journals) or, when relevant, the manuscript of a monograph, should be sent to the examining committee 3 months (during the academic semester time) before the scheduled defence of the thesis. The Examining board has 3 weeks to evaluate whether or not the scientific level meets the national and international academic standards. By the end of the assessment period the board has to decide if the scientific work is adequate for defence. If the standards are met the Research Education Committee is notified and the date for the defence is ascertained. The approval of the scientific work is sent to the doctoral student and the Principal supervisor by e-mail.

Uncertainties regarding constituents of the thesis

When questions arise, inconsistencies appear or matters of criticism occur from members of the Examining board, the Chairman of the Reaearch Education Committe (REC) should be addressed. The latter will initiate a discussion on the topic within the REC. 

Note! In case the Examining board finds the congregated scientific work in the thesis (or monograph) of poor academic standard and insufficient for public defence as a doctoral thesis, the defence must be postponed. A decision to postpone a defence must be written and followed by suggestions of improvement.

Distinctive efforts

Two PhD students can write their doctoral thesis based on the same scientific work, or almost the same material in compilation dissertations. However, their efforts must be possible to distinctively define. The principal supervisor(s) must explicitly describe the specific contribution from each of the doctoral students in the scientific work. This guarantee is referred to as the  "Supervisors' certificate" and must be signed in order to be valid.

Communication with the Examining board

The principal supervisor should confirm participation by personally communicating with each member of the Examining board to ascertain that the members have not misinterpreted the date and time for the defence of the thesis, and thus risk being absent from the event. (At textile design this is done by the director of studies.). If a member of the committee fails to attend the event, the appointed substitute member from the University of Borås will fill the vacancy. 

Information that must be sent to the Examining board by the Research Education Committee (by e-mail) is: