Doctoral defences (PhD) / Graduation

The public defence of a PhD thesis and award of the title “doctor” is taking place under the mandate of the Doctorate Board (by Dutch law WHW art. 7.18 and 7.19) and under the Doctoral Regulations of the University of Twente. A PhD dissertation reflects the work of, on average, four years of scientific research and training. The University of Twente recognizes diverse forms and formats of dissertations, including those based on designs, publications, and books. It should be emphasized that the quality and not the quantity of the chapters should determine the assessment by the Graduation Committee. The University of Twente does not impose a minimum or a maximum number of chapters. For more details we refer to the Doctoral Regulations mentioned above and the PhD Charter, in particular Article 4.

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Support office Doctorate Board / Graduation Phase (Hora Finita)

The support office is the right place for questions and regulations concerning your Doctoral Defence, the publication of your PhD thesis or verifcation of a PhD Diploma/Certificate

Mariska Buurman / Astrid Scholtens-Hofenk
Phone: +31 53 489  4242
Office: Ravelijn, room 5244

Opening hours: 
Monday - Friday

Beadles / Pedellen

Defences and other ceremonies of the University of Twente are accompanied by the Beadles / Pedellen.
Public defences are held on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:45, 14:45 and 16:45 hr.

Wim Koehorst / Raymond Linderhof
Phone: +31 53 489  5899  
Office: Waaier, room 269

Opening hours: 
Monday - Friday

 Upcoming defences

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For help with the publication of your doctoral thesis contact the Library's Info desk: +31 53 489 2777


Note about the manuscript title pages:  as soon as your manuscript gets approved by the assessment committee, you will receive an email about the title pages.  The email will contain a link which will take you to the page in Hora Finita where you will be able to download the correctly formatted and filled in manuscript title pages.