Based on the academic and research aspects of Diaconal sciences, the university college has established a PhD study programme where the study of the professional practices is placed in a larger, value-based context.
The starting phase of the PhD programme
For new PhD students at VID, we have prepared an overview of what the student shall do and what the centre is responsible for following up. In this overview, there are also links to websites for more information. For further reading please click here (pdf)
Implementation of the PhD
A great emphasize is laid on completing the PhD education programme in the normal time, which is three years of full-time study distributed in four years if the candidate makes 25 % duty work.
It is important to get an early start with the organized research training and the doctoral project. Guidelines for the extension of a research fellowship are governed by regulations for employees of fellowships.
The research education
The PhD programme includes 180 ECTS credits. The course part of the programme consists of 40 credits. The PhD students should complete the following courses:
- Diakonia, Values and Professional Practice – introduction, 10 credits
- Either: Diakonia, Values and Professional Practice in social work and health care, 5 credits
- Or: Diakonia, Values and Professional Practice in churches and faith communities, 5 credits
- Philosophy of science, research method and research ethics, 10 credits
- Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, 5 credits
- Eligible course, 10 credits
The main component of the programme, 135 ECTS credits, consists of the work on the PHD thesis and the research work that is documented in the thesis. The thesis should be an independent, scientific text that meets international standards within the research field. The thesis could be a continuous research presentation (monography), or a compilation of at least three separate, but interrelated scientific papers, that are given an introductory summarizing chapter.
A continuous PhD seminar will be organized, in which current issues related to research and research education will be discussed. In the seminar, the PhD students are required to present portions of their research in different phases of their research project. Participation in the PhD seminar, and the work dedicated to preparation for the seminar, is estimated to 5 ECTS credits.
The doctoral student and his/her main supervisor must report annually on progress and plan for the coming period. Reporting deadline is February 15.
The PhD student has the right to get supervision under his/her work with the thesis, and is expected to take an active part on this offer. Both the PhD student and the supervisor has duties to each other which is regulated by the supervisor agreement.
Guidelines for mid-term evaluation of PhD students at VID Specialized University (Eng, pdf)
The final phase of the PhD program
For students approaching the dissertation, we have prepared an overview of what the student will do and what the center is responsible for following up in this phase. In this overview there are also links to forms students will use at and after submission. Go to the final phase document to share this information.
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Legislation for PhD
Relevant laws, regulations and guidelines that govern the PhD programme in diakonia, values and professional practice. Read more at Legislation for PhD.