The doctoral study programme is completed by defending a doctoral thesis.
A doctoral thesis must be an original and independent scientific research work, and, in terms of the methodology used to tackle the topic and the degree of its contribution to science, such that PhD students can be verified to have the competence to act as independent researchers in the scientific community.
Doctoral thesis completed within the Faculty’s doctoral study programme may be made in the form of: a) a monograph or b) a collection of published scientific research articles (Scandinavian model; Ordinance on Doctoral Study Programmes, Article 14). The doctoral thesis can be written in Croatian or a foreign language, in accordance with Article 15 of the Ordinance on Doctoral Study Programmes.
The layout of the doctoral thesis is set out in the Dissertation Layout Guidelines, Form DR.SC.-08.
An example of the opening and closing pages of a doctoral thesis can be downloaded here.
The procedure for evaluation of a doctoral thesis is set out in the Ordinance on Doctoral Study Programmes, Article 17, Paragraph 1–9. A doctoral thesis is evaluated by an assessment panel which is appointed by the Faculty Council. The assessment panel is made up of three or five members holding at least the academic title of assistant professor or assistant research scientist. At least one member of the assessment panel is not an employee of the Faculty. Supervisor is not a member of the doctoral thesis assessment panel.
The doctoral thesis assessment panel writes a Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Report (DR.SC.-10 form) and submits two copies to the Student Administration Office in electronic and printed form. Including all documentation, the Student Administration Office submits the Report to the Research Committee of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. The Research Committee proposes a Doctoral Thesis Defence Assessment Panel. Doctoral thesis evaluations are confirmed by the Faculty Council who appoint the Doctoral Thesis Defence Assessment Panel.