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Second year evaluation

The final regular evaluation of the course of the PhD project is carried out after the second year of the PhD study programme. This constitutes the background for an evaluation of the progress made and the results achieved and provides an opportunity to adjust the plans for the remainder of the study period if necessary. The evaluation is based on a status report from the PhD student and his/her principal supervisor and a statement from the principal supervisor.

The PhD student and his/her principal supervisor must forward a status report to the PhD School Secretariat no later than 24 months after enrolling in the PhD study programme. This report must include:

  • a description (approximately half to one page) of the research carried out during the PhD project to date (progress, results, any obstacles) and research plans for the remainder of the PhD period – including any adjustments made in relation to the PhD plan.
  • an overview of the expected contents of the thesis (a list of articles, chapters or similar) indicating the status of the various parts (published, completed, being proofread, in progress, being planned or similar.)
  • information on completed and planned courses, communication activitiesperiods spent abroad and the fulfilment of the work requirement for employed PhD students.
  • any other information that may be of relevance to an evaluation of the programme.

The report must be written jointly by the PhD student and his/her principal supervisor. The principal supervisor is responsible for ensuring that it is forwarded to the PhD School Secretariat within the deadline. A special form must be used.

The principal supervisor forwards a statement on the course of the programme to date and any planned adjustments and changes in relation to the PhD plan, as well as an assessment of the probability that the PhD student will be able to complete the programme in accordance with the PhD plan, together with the status report. The statement must either confirm that the PhD study programme will be performed in accordance with the PhD plan or provide an account of any adjustments that may be necessary. The PhD student must be given a copy of the statement and allowed two weeks to comment on it.

The Head of PhD School must approve the second year evaluation. The Head of PhD School will inform the PhD student and the principal supervisor of the result of the evaluation in writing.

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