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Spikning ceremony at the University of Borås

The "spikning" is an academic ritual in Swedish universities, and a part of the publication of PhD theses. Researchers and doctoral students at the University of Borås "spikar" their theses at the birch trunk in the library.

Dissertations and student theses

In Sweden, a dissertation, or doctoral thesis, is a publication submitted by researchers when they finish their four-year doctoral studies. A licentiate thesis is submitted after two years of doctoral education. A doctoral thesis may be published as a book (monograph thesis), or as a compendium consisting of a number of shorter scientific papers (compilation thesis).

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