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Seminar – Writing the thesis summary

Writing the thesis summary

This seminar is open to all Phd students, and is compulsory for those admitted after 1 January 2021.

Seminars during Spring 2024

Same seminar on both occasions.

Opportunity 1: 2024-03-05, kl 10.15-12.000
Opportunity 2: 2024-05-14, kl 10.15-12.00


Writing the thesis summary – referred to as the “kappa” in Swedish – is the final phase of doctoral studies. This summary is intended to comprehensively describe four years’ full time work and the individual studies that comprise the doctoral thesis. Many PhD students find this final part challenging and express a need for advice on the writing process.
This digital seminar provides an overview of writing the thesis summary, with an emphasis on the composite thesis. The seminar describes the guidelines from the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, the various headings that may be included, as well as offering tips on the writing process, examples of thesis summaries, and practical advice how to approach this final phase. There is also ample time for questions and answers about writing the thesis summary. It is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about writing the thesis summary, regardless of research area or faculty.


Jan Lexell is professor of rehabilitation medicine at Lund University and senior consultant at Skåne University Hospital. Jan has supervised 14 doctoral students and is currently supervising five. He has extensive experience as faculty opponent and member of examination committees both in Sweden and abroad. He is also the organiser of the doctoral course “How to write and review a scientific paper” at the Faculty of Medicine, and one of two authors of the book “Writing, reviewing and publishing scientific papers” (Studentlitteratur, 2023).