Individual study plan (ISP)
The ISP is a very important document that gives the specific demands concerning the student’s, the supervisor’s and the school’s performance.
For every third-cycle student, an individual study plan (ISP) is to be written in conjunction with the supervisors. The study plan is to be subjected to a preliminary review by the director of studies responsible for third-cycle studies at the school in question as well as the Management Office (LKA) and, upon approval, to be sent to LKA together with the application documents.
The ISP is a very important document and is referred to if problems arise. Therefore, the specific demands concerning the student’s, the supervisor’s and the school’s performance are to be well-documented. The plan for the next year’s work has to be sufficiently detailed, and the financial plan has to cover the entire period of study.
The ISP is then to be reviewed and revised annually – no later than 15 December – at a planning meeting between the student and the supervisor. It also needs to be revised whenever there is a significant change in the conditions for the studies. Revisions are to be approved by LKA, whereupon the student, the principal supervisor, and the head of the research profile confirm, with their signatures, that they have read and approved of the plan. The revised and signed study plan is then to be sent to LKA and confirmed by the faculty board.
Web-based system for ISP
The individual study plans are stored in a web-based system. For students to get access to an individual account, the principal supervisor may contact the director of study at the school in question, who will then create an account.