Doctor of Philosophy Degree
To achieve a PhD in Biology, students must:
1) Complete a total of 60 credits of studies specified in the study plan.
Following parts shoud be included in the study plan for Biology PhD:
- at least one postgraduate course
- at least one international meeting
- licentiate exam (approximately 10 ECTS, 1000 pages of text)
- postgraduate seminar
The credits must come from an acceptable combination of studies in the field of research, and should prepare the student for carrying out the work of a researcher and other demanding expert tasks. The studies may comprise courses from the faculty or from another institution or organisation; reading on the topic; field trips or attendance at scientific conferences; and publications not included in the thesis. Studies may also include general training events for researchers, as well as courses or coursework from other subjects that are related to the field of research or the thesis. Basic-level studies may only be included in exceptional, well-justified cases.
It is recommended to include approximately 10 credits of general postgraduate studies (i.e. transferable skills) in the degree, such as studies in philosophy of science, research ethics, higher education pedagogy, scientific communication, language studies, project work or management.
Postgraduate studies may not include studies already contained in the Master's degree; this applies to those who have completed their Master's degree after 1 August 2009.
2) Complete and publish a doctoral thesis accepted by the faculty after a public disputation.