A licentiate degree covering at least 120 credits, with a thesis worth at least 60 credits, may be awarded as a separate qualification or as a step on the way to a doctoral degree.

It has been possible to admit people who solely wish to obtain a licentiate degree to third-cycle education since 1 May 2002. This was primarily intended to increase opportunities for professionals to participate in further education, but there are cases in which an applicant is admitted to third-cycle education with a licentiate degree as the objective, even though he or she had wished to be admitted to a doctoral degree.

A licentiate degree is valuable proof of completed education for someone who, for some reason, doesn't finish third-cycle education. Licentiate degrees are also widely recognised in industry.

Naturally, writing a licentiate thesis as a step on the way to a doctoral thesis takes extra time, but it may make the two final years more efficient. The student starts more systematic note-taking, has practiced writing and has insight into the amount of time required.

Licentiate seminar

There is no legal requirement relating to the examination procedure for the thesis (of at least 60 credits) that is the basis for a licentiate degree.

It is common for the student to hold what is known as a licentiate seminar and talk about his or her work. The listeners may put forward their opinions and any criticisms – it is like a mini-public defence.

There must be an examiner who examines the thesis. Many HEIs also have a reviewer and a more or less formal examining committee.

Page last updated 2015-07-02