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Milestones during the third year


Evaluations during the third year

No later than after 30 months of enrolment, the final evaluation of the PhD course is carried out before submission of the PhD thesis.

The purpose of this evaluation is to carry out an assessment of the project’s progression, follow up on the evaluators’ recommendations from the mid-term evaluation, get a status of planned/completed study elements and feedback from the principal supervisor regarding the status of the thesis. The evaluation also gives the PhD student the opportunity to get a second opinion on the PhD project. The overall purpose is thus to ensure that the programme is completed on time with the award of the PhD degree.


Read more about the third evaluation.

In order to comply with the deadlines for assessment and defence, the PhD student must notify the head of department and the PhD School’s secretariat of the submission of the thesis in a timely manner and no later than two months before the expected submission deadline. It is important that this deadline is met so that the assessment committee can be appointed at the time of submission.  

The PhD student’s enrolment at the University ends upon submission of the PhD thesis.

Read more about the PhD School’s guidelines in connection with the submission of the thesis and the holding of PhD defence.

If, in connection with the evaluations, the head of the PhD School concludes that you do not meet the requirements of the PhD plan despite any adjustments, you will receive an offer to rectify your PhD study within three months. The head of the PhD School will typically be in close dialogue with supervisors and possibly the head of department before deciding on a rectification course. The three-month rectification period does not in itself lead to an extension of the overall PhD programme. Offers for rectification courses can only be given once during the entire PhD programme.


If you have not accepted this within one week of receiving the three-month offer for the rectification of the programme, your enrolment will cease.

Read more about the rectification period.

Last Updated 15.03.2024