Midterm evaluation

The goals of the evaluation

The midterm evaluation provides a doctoral student constructive feedback, assistance in planning the final stage of her/his PhD project, and a possibility to spot potential pitfalls. It also gives the doctoral programme an opportunity for identification of potential problems in the progress of PhD project and above all a snapshot of the status of the PhD conducted at the doctoral programme. The ultimate goal is to advance the doctoral student toward completion of the dissertation work.

When and who

The midterm evaluation is carried out in the conjunction with the annual follow-up group meeting and it takes place roughly in the middle of the doctoral training, which for a full-time doctoral student is after 20–26 months of enrolment. When setting date for the evaluation, a doctoral student’s parental leave, a long sick leave or any other acceptable long-term absence will be taken into account. The evaluation is made by a doctoral student, supervisor(s), and the members of the follow-up group (i.e. three separate evaluations). It is the main supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that the evaluation is carried out.


The evaluation focuses on the progress rather than detailed scientific results. The supervisor(s) and follow-up group members evaluate whether the midpoint of the doctoral training is reached. For those doctoral students that are employed by the university, this means the job demands level 3 in the university salary system (YPJ). The completed forms are submitted via the online form here.

In the evaluation, it is evaluated:

  • whether the progress of postgraduate studies is satisfactory
  • whether the progress of PhD project is satisfactory
  • whether a plan for the completion of remaining courses is feasible
  • whether a plan for the completion of remaining research is feasible
  • whether it is likely that the student will graduate in the target time of 4 years
  • whether the midpoint of the doctoral training is reached
  • recommended measures

If concern that the progress has not been satisfactory

A student represents a suggestion for an action plan, stating what adjustment in the plan she/he will do in order to catch up with the schedule.