To determine the grade granted for the thesis, the various achievements presented in the thesis are evaluated individually and internally. In general, the following individual achievements are divided into the categories listed below, arranged from the top down in order of the grade-relevant importance of the individual aspects.
Research Results. The results of the research work are given the highest priority and can come in various forms: theorems, software products, hardware products, empirically derived statements, or a mixture thereof. The approach employed to reach the results are also evaluated when the quality of the results are assessed.
Written Thesis. The written thesis, the main component of the research work, is given second priority. Here the evaluation includes determining how understandably graduates present the findings and research method to expert readers, and how well they concentrated on essential details and excluded non-essential details. The form, graphics, language and style of the thesis are also assessed.
Work method. The evaluation of the work method includes determining how purposefully and independently the candidate performed the research.
Presentation and discussion. Here, the committee evaluates the preparation of the presentation, the visual aids used for the presentation (such as slides), the candidates’ rhetorical skills and their ability to handle critical questions.