The study board has agreed on a common set of principles of quality assurance applying to all five doctoral programmes. On this page you can find the core elements of quality assurance at the Doctoral School of the Humanities.
The Doctoral School of the Humanities and the five doctoral programmes under the doctoral school continuously work with quality enhancement and development of the PhD study programmes. The study board has agreed on a common set of principles of quality assurance applying to all five doctoral programmes. However, since the five doctoral programmes are rather independent and decentralized units within the doctoral school, the actual procedures may differ between doctoral programmes. The core elements of quality assurance at the doctoral school are as follows:
In order to ensure consistency and quality in doctoral supervision at Doctoral School of the Humanities, doctoral supervisors are obligated to attend supervisor seminars. Doctoral School of the Humanities offers two annual seminars addressing critical features of doctoral supervision; one seminar in the fall, organized by the individual doctoral programmes, and another joint seminar for all supervisors associated with the doctoral school, in the spring. At the first study board meeting every year, the doctoral programmes exchange experiences and discuss potential subjects for the annual supervisor seminars.
PhD study evaluation
PhD students who have been awarded the PhD degree, or for other reasons have terminated their enrollment as PhD student under the Doctoral School of the Humanities, are asked to submit an evaluation form to the Humanities Faculty Office. The evaluation covers the central aspects of the PhD study programme, i.e. supervision, courses and seminars, stays abroad etc. The results of the evaluations are discussed at a study board meeting, when the Faculty Office has received an appropriate number of evaluation forms. At the study board meeting, the need for adjustments and improvements of the activities of the doctoral school and the doctoral programmes will be discussed on the basis of the evaluations.
All PhD courses and seminars organized by the doctoral school and the doctoral programmes are evaluated by course participants and lecturers. Evaluations of courses and seminars organized by the doctoral school are forwarded to the Humanities Faculty Office for follow-up, while evaluations of courses and seminars organized by the doctoral programmes are handled by the respective programme. The director of the doctoral school and the study board carry the responsibility for the overall planning and evaluation of doctoral school activities, thus, the results of course evaluations will be discussed at study board meetings, at least once a year.
Completion- and dropout-rates of the past year are discussed at the first study board meeting every year. If the completion rates have declined or the dropout rates have risen considerably during the past year, the study board makes a plan of action addressing the problem.