Approximately one quarter of the way through the study time, the doctoral student must write a report concerning the intended specialisation for the research. This report is to be produced in accordance with the University’s templates for licentiate and doctoral theses. The research proposal is to be presented and discussed at a public seminar.
A. The research proposal must include (although not necessarily be restricted to) the following:
- formulation of the problem
- clarification of aims and objectives
- background and significance of the research
- methods and research plan
- expected results
B. The reviewer must be a researcher who has successfully defended their own doctoral studies.
C. By no later than two weeks before the planned seminar, the research proposal (in electronic form), the name of the reviewer, and the date and time of the planning seminar must be sent to the following email functions in the relevant subject for PhD studies:
D. In addition to the reviewer and the doctoral student, all supervisors must attend and provide oral comments at the seminar.
E. The overall purpose of the seminar is to reach a decision as to whether the research specialisation is of relevance for the subject, and whether the proposed research is feasible and sufficiently well described.
F. Comments and decisions made are to be documented by the reviewer in accordance with the specified protocol (form 5:12). If this is assessed to involve significant shortcomings, a new report must be produced and a new planning seminar must be held.
After completion of the seminar
G. The main supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the protocol from the seminar, any appendices and the approved report are sent to the Registry Officer for entry into the records and for archiving.
H. The main supervisor is responsible for ensuring that, following the successful completion of the planning seminar, the doctoral student is moved up to the next level of the applicable salary index (more information is available on the Staff Portal).