The final joint recommendation of the committee of examiners serves several purposes:
- It provides a basis upon which the relevant committees handling the recommendation can make their decision as to whether all requirements for award of a PhD degree have been met.
- By its description of the results achieved, it must illustrate and evaluate the level and novelty of the scientific work.
- It must contribute to making the content and results of the PhD study known and comprehensible to a wider circle of people.
The assessment committee makes a written recommendation stating whether the PhD student by his/her thesis and the public defence proceedings has documented fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the PhD degree.
The recommendation of the assessment committee must be given on a ready printed form, supplemented with an explanation stating the grounds for the recommendation (approximately one page). The form as well as the detailed grounds for the recommendation must be signed by the committee.
The recommendation of the assessment committee must be composed in a suitable objective style, and the assessment committee must make an effort to explain the reasons for their recommendation, be it positive or negative, so that people who are not specialists in the field in question are able to relate to the recommendation.
The recommendation may be written in a Scandinavian language and/or English. The PhD committee may, however, at the request of the examiners authorise the use of a different language. The PhD committee must in such a case see to it that the recommendation is translated into Danish or English.
Immediately after the defence, the assessment committee submits the joint recommendation to the principal supervisor. The department then sends it to the Office for PhD and Continuing Education via DTU*DOC.