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Mid-term evaluation, routine description

Here you can find information about the candidate's self-report, documents to be submitted to the mid-term evaluation committee and an evaluation instruction.

The candidate’s self-report

The self-report should consist of the following:

  • A progress report of the PhD project, 2-4 pages, that includes an overview of any published works, courses completed for the educational component and copies of obtained approvals
  • A description of the learning process in accordance with the candidate’s expected learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and general competence, found attached)
  • A plan for the remaining time on the PhD programme until submission, 1-2 pages
  • Reflections on ethical approvals related to the project, maximum 1 page

Submission of documents to the mid-term evaluation committee

The candidate must make sure that the committee receives the following documents at the latest 2 weeks before the mid-term evaluation:

  • The candidate’s self-report (doc)
  • Maximum 20 pages of selected manuscripts under preparation (if relevant, excerpts of published works)
  • Original description of PhD project and progress plan

In addition the committee will receive an evaluation instruction and a mid-term evaluation protocol (doc) .

Evaluation instruction for mid-term evaluation of the PhD programme

PhD candidates who wish to take a PhD degree must carry out a mid-term evaluation when they are about halfway into their PhD project, i.e. normally 12 months after admission.

The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to check whether the candidate is en route to achieving the PhD education’s expected learning outcomes. In addition, the committe should along with the principal supervisor and candidate assess the overall feasibility of the project leading up to a PhD degree and, if necessary, suggest possible changes in the candidate’s progress plan. The candidate’s knowledge of the research field in general and the PhD project in particular must be presented orally at an open seminar for the appointed mid-term evaluation committee.

One of the committee members acts as leader.

The members of the mid-term evaluation committee should have a doctorate and be familiar with the candidate’s research field. They should not be involved in the candidate’s project.

The committee members are obliged to familiarize themselves with the documentation sent to them prior to the mid-term evaluation.

Based on the progress plan and project description (protocol), the committee should evaluate the following:

  • Are courses and any other elements of the educational component in line with the progress plan?
  • Is the candidate’s progress in line with the expected learning outcomes of the PhD education and his/her individual progress plan?
  • Does the candidate show a good knowledge of the research field of the PhD project in particular and a broader knowledge of the research field in general?
  • The candidate’s knowledge of research methods in general and research methods used in the PhD project in particular
  • Approvals/permits from REC and other bodies. Are the right approvals for the research project procured? Does the content of the application correspond to the research that has or will be carried out?

Based on written works and talks with the candidate and supervisor, the committee should evaluate:

  • The candidate’s knowledge of the methods which are relevant to the PhD project
  • The candidate’s ability to present, analyse and assess research findings
  • The candidate’s understanding of scientific thinking
  • The candidate’s academic independence

Along with the candidate and supervisors, the committee should discuss:

  • Future plans for the PhD education
  • The structure of the supervision
  • Ethical questions

When the mid-term evaluation has been completed, the mid-term evaluation protocol should be filled out by the committee members before it is submitted to the reserach advisor at the Faculty. Finally, the original is filed by the Faculty administration. 

Published Feb. 23, 2016 10:38 AM - Last modified Feb. 15, 2019 2:36 PM