November 2, 2016

PhD examination in Denmark

I been one of the PhD examiners for Marit Clausen from the University of Southern Denmark (USD). Her PhD was titled "Phonological development and differential diagnosis of speech sound disorders in Danish-speaking children". I presented a written report in September, and last night I participated in her oral defence via video conference. During the 3-hour proceedings Marit presented her thesis, was examined by myself, another examiner from UK, and the chair of the examinations committee from USD, and answered questions from the audience. The audience then left to attend a celebratory lunch, and the committee voted on the outcome. It was a pleasure to be involved in the process and to learn how PhD examinations are undertaken in other parts of the world.