Doctorate regulations 2020

When the admission to the PhD program is done after 1 September 2020, the defense ceremony will take place according to the regulations 2020.
When the admission to the PhD program is done after 1 September 2018, the defense ceremony will take place according to the regulations 2018.
When the admission to the PhD program is done after 1 September 2017, the defense ceremony will take place according to the regulations 2017.
When the admission to the PhD program is done before 1 September 2017, the defense ceremony will take place according to the regulations 2015.

The Doctorate Board has decided to amend the Regulations governing the conferral of doctor’s degrees, with effect from 1 September 2020. 

Beneath you see a summary of the changes:  

To achieve a better balance between supervisors and departments concerning the number of applications for Cum Laude and to avoid gender-bias towards PhD-candidates, the cum laude procedure in which the first promotor played a central role has been changed.

As part of the new procedure the members of the Doctorate Committee, except the (co-)promotor(s), will be asked as a matter of course whether they consider the thesis worthy of being awarded Cum Laude using the same criteria as the Cum Laude Committee. If this is the case, a brief written justification (about 5 lines) will be requested from the committee members using the same questions as given to the experts by the Cum Laude Committee. They also will be asked to provide names of experts to be consulted by the Cum Laude Committee.
For each member, the assessment and possible motivation will be shared confidentially with the Dean of the department concerned only. If a clear majority of the above members of the committee are of the opinion that the thesis is worthy of being awarded Cum Laude, the Dean may propose to the first supervisor that an application be submitted in writing to the CLC, stating the reasons for awarding the doctorate Cum Laude.

The rest of the procedure has not been changed.