During the progress review the review committee assesses the doctoral student’s / external doctoral student’s academic progress and fulfilment of the individual study plan (Regulations for Doctoral Studies, clause 37-40). Depending on the volume of completing the individual study plan
(1) gets either a positive or negative assessment, and
(2) will attend full-time or part-time study.
All activities taken into consideration at the progress review must be related to the doctoral student’s doctoral thesis.
The doctoral student compiles the individual study plan in cooperation with their supervisor (Regulations for Doctoral Studies, clause 32-36). Good Practice of Doctoral Studies recommends that the supervisor monitors the deadlines of activities set out in the individual study plan and, if necessary, advises to adjust the individual study plan (Good Practice of Doctoral Studies, clause 9.18).
During the progress review, the review committee gives the doctoral student oral recommendations for completing and improving the individual study plan (Regulations for Doctoral Studies, clause 39).
Individual study plan is a central document in doctoral studies. The individual study plan consists of several parts:
1) after the doctoral student has been matriculated, the individual study plan is compiled for the whole period of doctoral studies; this is a general plan of action;
2) together with the progress report, the doctoral student submits the individual study plan for the next semester/academic year; this is a more detailed action plan.
- How the courses and research-related tasks contribute to your development within four years.
- Plan enough activities for the semester to get a positive assessment but try to avoid overexertion and potential burnout.
- Consult your supervisor and, if necessary, the programme director. Particularly at the beginning of your studies, they can help you decide how to combine studies and research and how to divide your workload.
I. Study: subjects (ECTS), including teaching duties assumed as part of PhD study, separate subjects taken at other universities.
The core of doctoral studies is research, and this should be done consistently throughout the years of doctoral studies (including in the first year). Courses that support research should also be divided over several years. At the same time, it is not advisable to leave the courses for the last year when you should concentrate on finishing and editing your doctoral thesis.
Teaching duties refer here to the course "Teaching practice in higher education" which is related to your speciality.
II. Research: research work, conference presentations presented, seminars attended, work published, etc; results of the work done and volume in credit points.
A detailed research plan including a timetable of activities, description of the research problem, the reasons for engaging in the research project, the preliminary hypotheses and a list of references must be annexed to the individual plan.
The detailed plan of research is submitted after matriculation together with the individual study plan for the whole period of study. Here, it is appropriate to present an approximately 5-page project of the doctoral thesis that meets all the requirements mentioned above. In the following individual study plans, only the changes related to research are specified in the corresponding section of the individual study plan.
In doctoral studies you need to focus on writing research papers and publishing research results. See how the Faculty’s Procedure of Doctoral Students’ Progress Review describes the assessment of the doctoral student’s research according to academic years (see Progress Review ).
The review committee assesses the doctoral student’s research in credit points. The optimum (recommended) volume of credit points for research per one academic year is 40 ECTS, the standard volume for two studied semesters (studies and research combined) is 60 ECTS in total.
Note that no more than 10 ECTS per academic year are given at the progress review for attending conferences and seminars (including events of graduate schools) (Procedure..., clause 3.3). Consider carefully which events are most essential to attend for the advancement of your research; if necessary, consult your supervisor.
III. Other tasks and infrastructure use related to PhD study: information concerning the carrying out of grants and research themes and joint study projects, etc.
Here report the research projects which you are officially involved in as a research staff, and which are related to your doctoral studies. Specify the tasks related to the project and their connection with your doctoral thesis.
IV. Other: teaching duties, supervising, participation in the research field related commissions and projects within and outside of the university, etc.
Here report all the activities that are not directly related to research (and neither to studies in section I), e.g.
1) participation in projects that are not related to your research (including, e.g., popularisation of research);
2) supervising and reviewing;
3) (co-)organising events;
4) participation in decision-making bodies and attendance of their meetings.
Form of the individual study plan is used:
Annex: a revised plan of research and study for the next year (at the end of the progress report form) is used:
Note that the time for compiling the individual study plan is relatively short. Use this time intensely and make a timely appointment with your supervisor (and, if necessary, with the programme director) for discussing your individual study plan.
1st-year doctoral student after matriculation:
1st-year doctoral student before the first progress review:
The doctoral student of the 2nd academic year and onwards:
The external doctoral student: