During the PhD programme, PhD students are to present their thesis work at a minimum of two compulsory internal seminars – one research proposal (RP) seminar and one final seminar. It is also possible to have a non-compulsory midway review, a mid-seminar.
Steps to be taken
Please note that all costs in connection with seminars are to be approved by the Director of PhD studies in advance.
|Find reviewers. The department recommends including PhD students as reviewers.||Supervisor|
|Inform the Director of PhD studies, and await approval.||Supervisor|
|Book a date and a venue (contact Malin Andersson for booking a room).||Supervisor|
Upon approval, inform Charlina for publication in the Calendar. Include the following information:
|Send the manuscript to Charlina (one week before the RP or mid-seminar; 2 weeks before the final seminar), for distribution with email announcement.||PhD student|
|Ticket booking and fees to reviewers.||Charlina|
Details regarding the seminars
Research Proposal (RP) seminar – compulsory
- Preferably held during the first year of studies.
- Basis for discussion: a project description for the thesis work, including theoretical and methodological points of departure, a description of the research problem, a specification of the aims, expected results and a timetable.
- Reviewers: at least two, of which at least one shall hold a PhD.
- Purpose: to establish whether the subject is relevant, researchable and sufficiently well described. If the seminar report is not judged to be feasible, a new seminar must be held.
Mid-seminar – non-compulsory, but recommended
- Held when the structure and significant parts of the contents of the thesis are complete (usually when 12–18 months are left of the PhD studies).
- Reviewers: at least two, of which at least one shall hold a PhD. External reviewers are not needed for mid-seminars, since no formal assessment is made of the quality of the manuscript.
- Result: clear recommendations to the PhD student for the work remaining before the thesis can be expected to be presented at a final seminar.
Final seminar – compulsory
- Held towards the end of the PhD programme.
- Basis for discussion: a complete and coherent manuscript of the thesis.
- Reviewers: at least two, of which at least one shall have the qualifications required for a readership.
- Purpose: internal quality assurance of the thesis. If the draft thesis is deemed to have significant shortcomings, a new final seminar must be held.