The opponent appointed by the School gives a written statement on the dissertation. The statement is given to the doctoral candidate at least 14 days (in exceptional cases 5 days) before the Mangement Board meeting. The candidate may give a reply to the statement and, for this purpose, request for the assessment of the dissertation to be postponed until the Management Board's next meeting.
The custos gives a statement on the progression of the public defence of the dissertation.
The Evaluation Board appointed for the public defence of the dissertation proposes a grade for the dissertation. Before decisiding on the proposed grade of the dissertation, the Evaluation Board hears the Custos, after which the Custos leaves the meeting. If the Evaluation Board is not unanimous, the differing opinions are recorded on the proposal.
The above-mentioned statements are first considered at the Postgraduate Committee. After this, the Committee gives a proposal for the approval of the dissertation for the Management Board.
The Management Board decides on the approval and the grade of the dissertation.
All the statements have to be submitted to the School Office within a month from the date of the public defence.
The candidate may request the Management Board to reconsider the assessment of the dissertation within 14 days of receiving the Management Board's decision.
Doctoral dissertations are assessed using the following three-tier scale (from the lowest to the highest): Accepted, Very Good, Outstanding. For more information, please see the Guidelines for the Opponent.