Doctoral thesis proceedings and requirements for submitted documents
In addition to the legislation of the University, the School of Engineering is guided by these procedure rules and requirements for the completion of doctoral studies for doctoral candidate:
1. A doctoral candidate shall submit the doctoral thesis to the Director of a Department/Center for at least 3 months prior to the defence, which includes
• An overview of the nature of the research problem
• Definition of the research problem
• Hypotheses of the research
• Description of the methodology
• The course and/or evidence of solving the research problem
• List of references
• A thorough summary of the content of the thesis in Estonian
2. The Director shall appoint a reviewer at least 2.5 months prior to the defence
3. The Director shall organise a peer review (including a recommended pre-defence) and pre-defence for at least 2 months prior to the defence
4. A doctoral candidate shall submit the following documents to a dean for at least 2 months prior to the defence:
• a defence application, printed out from the study information system and signed by the supervisor;
• Doctoral thesis prepared for publication;
• a written opinion from the supervisor(s) on the work;
• a peer review report on the eligibility of the thesis, which includes information on: 1) whether the volume of work by the doctoral student as a co-author of articles is sufficient for applying for a PhD degree; 2) whether the thesis is ready and the quality meets the requirement of a comprehensive research; 3) whether the different parts of the thesis form an adequate, sufficiently uniform and comprehensive compilation of the requirements for the doctoral thesis, and the structure is logical; 4) whether the conclusions of the thesis are in accordance with the definition of the problem.
• Confirmation letter of the Director of the structural unit regarding the pre-defence of the doctoral thesis.
• a copy of the inspection of the doctoral thesis performed by the structural unit (institute) by the plagiarism detection software Urkund.
5. At the latest within one month from the submission of the documents described in article 4, i.e. at least one month prior to the defence, the Dean shall decide whether to allow the thesis for the defence, return the non-compliant thesis, or require the thesis to be supplemented or rewritten. The Dean will forward the doctoral thesis to the Faculty Council for discussion, if necessary.
6. The time and place of defence of the doctoral thesis shall be disclosed at least one month prior to the defence on the TalTech website, with a link to the thesis summary and with reference to the availability of full text. The authorship agreements, publishing work in digital collection and forwarding the thesis to the publisher at least 1 month prior to the defence shall be concluded with the library.
7. The hard copy of the Doctoral thesis must be published at least 2 weeks before the defence of the doctoral thesis.