Doctoral Training Plan

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ECTS Credits 3   op
Language of instruction FI.

 English (or other, when appropriate)


All full-time students whose doctoral study rights started on, or after 1 January 2012 must complete the the course during their first year of doctoral training. All part-time students must complete the course before the end of the second year.

All doctoral students registered in the University of Oulu Graduate School who were awarded doctoral study rights before 1st August 2011, but who wish to follow the new requirement fot the doctoral degrees established by UniOGS in Spring 2012 must complete the course as part of their application to transfer to the new requirement.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student knows how to develop a doctoral training plan and research progress in written. The student has established a realistic four-year plan (including content, schedule and funding) for his/her doctoral training.


3 ECTS credits. The establishment and writing of the full doctoral training plan, which includes detailed research and study plans. The student should also include a brief outline of his/her career development plan; the presentation of hte doctoral training plan to, and its recommendation for acceptance by, the student's Doctoral Training Follow-up Group. The plan is formally accepted by the student's Doctoral Training Committee.

Mode of delivery

Personal work, written presentation.

Learning activities and teaching methods

Establishment and writing of the doctoral training plan, its written presentation to the Doctoral Training Follow-up Group, and its eventual revision following the recommendations of the Doctoral Training Follow-up Group; presentation and discussion of the research plan, or the research progress, to senior scientists/professionals (Follow-up Group meeting) and doctoral students (Research Plan Seminar, or Research Seminar).

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The student must have been granted study rights for doctoral training at the University of Oulu Graduate School and must have a Doctoral Training Follow-up Group.

Recommended or required reading

Backgroud literature of own research field.

Assessment Methods and criteria

Submission and approval of the full doctoral training plan by the doctoral training follow-up group; acceptance of the doctoral training plan by the student's Doctoral Training Committee.

The three study credits for the completion are awarded when the Doctoral Training Committee has approved the full doctoral training plan of the student.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


pass / fail


Obligatory "field-specific" studies

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