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PhD Dissertation

Leiden University prescribes no strict regulations with regard to the format and structure of a PhD dissertation. For PhD dissertations at the LACDR the following may serve as a guide:

  1. Typically a PhD dissertation contains six chapters: one chapter with a general introduction, four chapters with results of original research and one chapter with a general discussion, conclusions and perspectives
  2. Generally, a minimum of two research papers should have been published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal or been accepted for publication
  3. The PhD candidate is the sole first author of the majority of the publications
  4. Typically, the publications have been published not longer than five years ago
  5. The PhD dissertation is presented in book form and written in English

The PhD Doctorate Committee reviews your work. The PhD dissertation is formally defended in front of a PhD Opposition Committee.


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