Licentiate seminar

To register for a licentiate seminar at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, all mandatory courses and elements (poster or presentation at an international conference) must be passed, and the total course credits must amount to at least 15 credits.

A doctoral student admitted to a programme that leads to a doctoral degree and who wishes to continue their studies to a doctoral degree must attach a research plan of no more than three pages for the continued period to their application for a licentiate seminar.

The examination consists of a seminar given by the doctoral student and a public discussion led by the chair of the examining committee. The grade Pass or Fail is given after deliberation by the examining committee. Supervisors may participate in the deliberations, but may not be present at the decision.

An application for a licentiate seminar is made using an online form. The doctoral student completes the form with the support of the principal supervisor.

Information and instructions for the form (pdf)
Submit an application for a licentiate seminar

For the Research Training Committee to process the application, the application form must be correctly completed and the application approved by the principal supervisor and the person responsible for doctoral studies at the department.

The licentiate application must include

  • The title of the licentiate thesis
  • The planned date for the seminar
  • A proposal for the examining committee
  • A proposal for the chair of the seminar
  • The names of all supervisors
  • The name of the examiner


  1. The respondent’s brief summary of the licentiate thesis with a list of included papers
  2. The supervisor’s statement on the novelty of the thesis and the doctoral student’s contribution, progression and independence, and whether the objectives of the doctoral studies are achieved
  3. A report card for the internal distribution of funds for quality assurance
  4. A register extract from Ladok, where doctoral courses are clearly marked
  5. The papers included in the licentiate thesis

Before finalising the application, you must consult on the election of members of the examining committee with the Research Training Committee. At the consultation, the following points will be addressed, among others:

  • The composition of the examining committee
  • Questions about disqualification
  • Included papers, the publication status of each paper, and whether each paper has been or will be included in the thesis of another doctoral student.

Consultation checklist before licentiate application

The supervisor or doctoral student must consult with the appointed member of the Research Training Committee:


Main responsible

First backup

Faculty of Pharmacy




Elisabet Nielsen


Pharmaceutical Biosciences

Johan Lennartsson


Medicinal Chemistry

Olof Eriksson


Faculty of Medicine



Public Health and Caring Sciences

Stefan Eriksson


Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Rose-Marie Amini

Ingrid Glimelius

Surgical Sciences

Ingrid Glimelius

Eva Lindberg

Women´s and Children´s Health

Anna Wikman

Elisabet Nielsen

Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Mikael Sellin
Anders Backlund

Stefan Eriksson

Medical Cellbiology

Mikael Sellin


Medical Sciences

Eva Lindberg

Rose-Marie Amini
Johan Lennartsson

Send the application for a licentiate seminar to the Research Training Committee so that it can be processed at a meeting no later than six weeks before the planned date of the seminar. You do not need to book a time in the public defence calendar.

Please note that each department has a Doctoral Studies Group (FUG) that reviews all doctoral applications before they are submitted to the Research Training Committee.

The licentiate thesis can be a compilation thesis consisting of an introductory chapter (kappa) and one or more articles/manuscripts or a monograph.

If you have not been admitted with a licentiate degree as your final goal.

If you have not been admitted with a licentiate degree as the final goal, you do not need to print the licentiate thesis. If your department permits, it can be distributed in the form of a (locked) PDF. In this case, the thesis does not need to be registered or published digitally in DiVA, but it must be registered at the department and marked with this registration number on the cover page.

If you have been admitted with a licentiate degree as your final goal.

If you have been admitted with a licentiate degree as the final goal, or if you choose to conclude your studies with a licentiate degree, the licentiate thesis must be both printed and digitally registered and published in DiVA.

Registration is mandatory and includes a summary of the thesis (abstract) and the time and place of the seminar. You must publish this information on the University's website at least three weeks before the seminar.

The registration and publication in DiVA (select “licentiatseminarium”, not “disputation”) correspond to what is traditionally called “spikning”, but you do not need to submit any printed copies of the thesis to the library.

Library staff will review and publish DiVA entries for licentiate theses. You will receive a confirmation by email, provided you enter an email address when registering.

Register your licentiate or doctoral thesis in DiVA

Licentiate theses of the Faculty of Pharmacy

Licentiate theses from the Faculty of Pharmacy, regardless of whether they are printed or distributed as a (locked) PDF, must also be provided with a number from the series Licentiate theses/Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University (ISSN:1400-6200). Obtain the series number from the administrator at the department where the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy is based.

The examining committee at a licentiate seminar consists of three members. At least two must be docents or have equivalent docent competence, documented by a CV attached to the application. No more than one member may come from the home department (the departments where the doctoral student or any of the supervisors are active).

The members must, just as in the examining committee at the public defence, represent different genders.

At the licentiate seminar, there is no specially appointed external reviewer. Therefore, a member of the examining committee is appointed as chair and has the main responsibility of leading the session and ensuring that the entire scope of the licentiate thesis and the underlying work is discussed. The chair of the seminar is also the chair of the examining committee’s subsequent meeting. This person is proposed by the supervisor and head of department when registering for the licentiate seminar and is appointed by the Research Training Committee.

Guidelines for the examining committee at a licentiate seminar

  • All compulsory courses must be passed.
  • The total course credits must be at least 15 credits.
  • The application must be processed at a Research Training Committee meeting no later than six weeks before the planned seminar date.
  • A representative of the Research Training Committee must be consulted before the application is submitted.
  • The thesis must be available at the department no later than two weeks before the planned examination.
  • Please note that if the doctoral studies conclude with a licentiate degree, the thesis must be produced and published according to the thesis template and guidelines from Thesis Production at the University Library and be available no later than three weeks before the planned examination.