Individual Study Plan & Semester Content

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Individual Study Plan

A PhD student, together with the support of the supervisor, should draw up an Individual Study Plan (ISP) within the first year of his or her PhD study. Once ready, the ISP should be submitted in the information system of Masaryk University (IS MU).

This plan serves as a broad overview of the key milestones of the research project as well as the study progression. An example of an ISP is shown in the guide on PhD studies at the Faculty of Medicine, MU (pp. 24-25).

Once submitted, the ISP is approved for the entire period of study by the supervisor and the Doctoral Board.

Semester Content

The semester content is established by the PhD student in the beginning of each semester and submitted in the IS MU.

It provides a detailed description of the student´s commitments for the upcoming semester, such as planned research work, teaching activity, seminars and courses, conferences, internships, etc. An example of the semester content is shown in the guide on PhD studies at the Faculty of Medicine, MU (pp. 26-27).

Unlike the ISP, the semester content has to be planned by the student and evaluated by both the student and the supervisor for each semester of study. Together with the evaluation, the supervisor also approves student´s progression to the next semester.

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