The scientific research program
The scientific research program is organised individually for each doctoral student by the doctoral student, with the doctoral student. Responsibility for conducting the scientific research program lies first with the doctoral student, and second with the doctoral supervisor, both being parties to the contract for doctoral studies.
The scientific research program begins after admission of the scientific research project, which thus becomes the program for developing the doctoral thesis.
The doctoral student’s research activity is evaluated by four research reports presented to the supervision committee and the doctoral supervisor, as follows:
(a) two reports in the second year of doctoral studies – bibliographic reports (Report 1 and 2) comprising the analysis of the current state of knowledge in the field for the specific doctoral topic.
(b) two reports in the third year of doctoral studies, which will include interim results of research; each doctoral supervisor will decide on the content of these reports.
The deadlines for presenting the research reports are provided in the individual scientific research plan. The deadlines for presenting the three reports can be extended on request by the doctoral student, with the endorsement of the doctoral supervisor and the approval of the director of the doctoral school.
Presentations of reports are evaluated using a rating: “Very Good”, “Good”, “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”, by a committee consisting of the doctoral supervisor and the supervision committee. The comments and suggestions of the evaluation committee members and invited members of the department are noted in the minutes, and the doctoral student must take them into account in writing the thesis.
In case of rejection of a report (which was rated “unsatisfactory”), the doctoral student will present it again before the same committee.
The date of each oral presentation of the report is determined by the doctoral supervisor, following receipt of a written request from the doctoral student. The interval between two consecutive presentations cannot be longer than 12 months. The doctoral supervisor cannot miss any presentation, and from the supervision committee there must be at least 2 members present at each presentation.
A Report on the progress of doctoral research is submitted to the DSC, along with minutes signed by the doctoral supervisor and the supervision committee members who were present, within 3 working days from the date of presentation. The minutes are included in the doctoral student’s file.
The scientific research program and, implicitly, the doctoral studies end in the development and public defence of the thesis.