The faculty opponent and one of the supervisors (usually the principal supervisor) have the right to be present at the meeting of the examining committee and the right to take part in the deliberations, but not in the decision. No fee is paid to the examining committee members.
The examining committee is to provide a report of its meetings (minutes). If the thesis is awarded a pass, no justification for the decision is required. A member has the right to record a dissenting opinion, but not its motivation. If the thesis is given a fail grade, the decision is to be justified.
The original of the minutes from the examining committee is to be handed in to Charlina Lunvald at the LUSEM faculty office, who then registers a pass grade in Ladok.
It is preferable that the PhD student has finished all of his/hers courses before defending the thesis. Both the pass grade for the thesis and the 'all courses for doctor’s degree passed' registration is needed in order for the PhD student to apply for a doctoral degree.