Timeline of a PhD

Below you can find the most common timeline of a PhD programme. In principle the duration of your PhD trajectory takes 3 to 4 years. Depending on your employment and the place where you work, your own timeline may differ from the example below.

First three months
In the first three months of your PhD you settle in and prepare a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) together with your supervisor. At the end of this period your TSP should:
• give a statement of the general topic area
• contain an initial formulation of the issues to be addressed
• have a list of principal references on which the work will draw
• contain objectives for the first year of study

Months 6, 9, 12, 24, 36
Depending on your PhD period you will have progress interviews with your supervisor after 6, 9, 12, 24 and 36 months in order to discuss your progress. These progress interviews can be supportedby these evaluation forms. Please note that it is not mandatory to upload the evaluation forms to your Hora Finita account. 

Months 6 – 36
Preferably in the months 6 through 36 you will attend several training activities.

Final half year
In this period you submit your thesis. Your thesis is complete and the account of your work. It should form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of your subject and show evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts/and or the exercise of independent critical notion. For more information please consult item: Thesis related information.