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The course of studies

What is required in order to complete a research education? What is common to all PhD candidates at INN University and what is unique for the various PhD programmes?

Research education is normally three years’ full-time studies and consists of:

  • Coursework of a minimum of 30 credits’ scope
  • Supervision
  • Mid-term evaluation and progress reporting
  • A research work / a PhD thesis

The coursework will also provide training in academic dissemination. This will be ensured by the PhD programmes through the organization of seminars and presentations during the research education. It is also expected that PhD candidates present parts of their work at national and international conferences and partake in a stay abroad during their doctoral studies.

Under the different tabs you will find descriptions of the requirements common to all PhD programmes, as well as relevant forms.

Training / taught component

All PhD programmes have a portion of compulsory courses. 

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The PhD thesis

The thesis should be an independent, scientific work that complies with international standards regarding ethical requirements, academic level and methodology in the field of study.

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As a rule, all PhD candidates at INN University should have at least two supervisors, one of whom is appointed as the main supervisor.

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Midway evaluation and reporting

A midway evaluation of the doctoral work should take place in the third or fourth semester. The PhD candidate shall present her/his work to a person or group appointed by the PhD Committee at the faculty. 

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Stay abroad for PhD candidates

All PhD candidates are encouraged to partake in a stay abroad during their doctoral education, as part of data collection or fieldwork related to their thesis, or to receive supervision and other academic follow-up at another university

Read more about staying abroad for PhD candidates

Published Dec. 7, 2021 2:37 PM - Last modified Feb. 15, 2022 2:14 PM