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Doctoral student

During the study period

On this page, you will find information that is important during the doctoral student's study time, for example on rules and regulations and individual study plan.

Rules and regulations for doctoral studies

The regulations handbook for doctoral education and study programmes at Örebro University summarises all national and local laws and guidelines. It applies throughout the whole study period, from admission to receiving the degree certificate. Each student and supervisor are recommended to take part of the handbook.

Regulations handbook

Individual study plan

An individual study plan (ISP) shall be drawn up for each doctoral student.

The plan shall include:
- the obligations of the higher education institution and the research student
- a time plan for the doctoral student's studies

According to local regulations, the ISP shall also include:
- information about how the doctoral student's supervision is organised and
- what is otherwise necessary for studies to be conducted as efficiently as possible.


The plan shall be adopted after consultation between the doctoral student and his/her supervisors.
The ISP shall be regularly followed up – at least once each year – and amended by the university as required, after consultation with the doctoral student and his/her supervisor. The follow-up must be done so that the doctoral student and the principal supervisor inform the university of how studies are progressing. Each doctoral student shall have a valid ISP at every time point.

About the ISP form
From June 2016 there is a new ISP form to be used by all doctoral students when their ISP is set up or is next to be modified. Exception is granted for one revision if the doctoral student has a planned date for defence of thesis before September 2018. The form can be used on both PC and Mac computers, but only if the latest version of Word has been installed. As a doctoral student or employee you can download Microsoft Office for free and get access to the correct version of Word. The basic version of the form does not require the latest version of Word, but it lacks features and functions such as scroll lists, screentips and links. For questions about the form, plase contact Malin Masterton

Download the ISP form here.
Download the ISP, basic version, here.

Download example ISP, Year 0, here.
Download example ISP, Year 3, here.

Previous ISP-form

See the regulations handbook for more information on ISP. Contact the doctoral education administrator at your school fore more information on the ISP process.

Period of study

The period of study for doctoral studies leading to a doctorate is equivalent to 48 months of full-time study. For a licentiate degree the period of study is 24 months of full time study. The study period can be extended in special circumstances specified in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6, for example, parental leave or sick leave. See also Örebro University's local regulations handbook.

The study period can also be reduced if credit transfer of previous courses / courses taken at another university or previous occupation is approved. The student must apply for the credit transfer.