A licentiate can either form a self-contained study programme as part of a post, such as an industry-employed doctoral student, or as part of a PhD programme, usually taken after half the period of study. The programme comprises 120 credits, divided into courses and a thesis in accordance with the general syllabus for the research studies subject. The thesis is examined at a public seminar. The length of the programme is usually two to four years depending on the rate of study. A programme that includes or concludes with a licentiate may be offered in all research studies subjects.

Individual study plan

An individual study plan is to be drawn up and approved by the head of department. The plan is to list what courses must or may form part of the programme and a general overview of the work on the thesis with a time plan, number of credits and expected date of completion.

Credit transfer

If a student wishes to have credits transferred from studies outside Lund University, a decision is taken by the head of department. The supervisor decides on transfer of credits from studies within Lund University. 


The thesis should resemble a doctoral thesis in structure, but be considerably shorter. A short abstract in English is usually appended to the thesis. 

Date of seminar

The licentiate seminar may take place during the period from 15 August to the Monday before Midsummer, with the exception of the period from 22 December to 6 January. In exceptional circumstances, the dean of LTH can decide to allow a licentiate seminar outside these dates. 


The head of department decides on the date and time of the licentiate seminar. The seminar is to be announced at least three weeks in advance. The announcement is to include the research student’s name, the research studies subject, the title of the thesis and scope in credits, examiner, external reviewer, and date/time and venue for the seminar. At the time of the announcement, the licentiate thesis shall be available so as to enable review of the thesis at the seminar. The location at which the thesis is available is to be indicated in the announcement. In exceptional circumstances, the dean of LTH can allow exceptions to the rules on the announcement period. 

Duplication of thesis

The department is responsible for the costs of duplicating the thesis. The student has the right to 20 copies for his or her own use. 

External reviewer

There is to be an external reviewer (opponent) at the seminar. The reviewer must hold a PhD and may not work at the same faculty as the student, unless there are exceptional reasons why this should not apply.

In exceptional circumstances, the dean of LTH can allow exceptions to the rules on external reviewers. 

Grading of the licentiate thesis

The licentiate thesis is graded by a lecturer appointed by the head of department, known as the examiner. A supervisor may not be appointed as examiner. The thesis is to be graded as pass or fail. The grading is to take into account the content of the thesis and the defence of the thesis. If the thesis is failed, reasons shall be given in writing. 

Statement of results for licentiate thesis

After the seminar, the “statement of results for licentiate thesis” form is filled in and the original sent to the LTH Faculty Office, hämtställe 55, for registration in Ladok. Form for statement of results for licentiate thesis 


For a degree of licentiate, the student must have passed the course component and have had the thesis examined and passed. The application for a degree certificate is to indicate whether the programme of study concludes with a licentiate or whether the student will be continuing to a PhD. The student chooses between the degree titles teknologie licentiatexamen (Licentiate in Engineering) and filisofie licentiatexamen (Licentiate of Philosophy).

Application for licentiate (Lund University's website)

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