Guidelines for the evaluation of third-cycle programmes

In the guidelines, we describe the main principles for evaluation of third-cycle programmes. You can also read about the different assessment areas and assessment criteria.

Main principles for evaluation of postgraduate education

Programme evaluations of the third-cycle level are based on third-cycle programmes in their entirety, which comprises thesis work, courses and other parts.

The method is based on the assumption that the two levels of third-cycle education, licentiate degrees and doctorate degrees, are evaluated as a group. This is because both degrees are covered by the same requirements for research quality that apply to the general and the fine, applied and performing arts programmes that lead to qualifications at third-cycle level. Degree of doctor and degree of doctor in the fine, applied and performing arts have different qualification descriptions and will be assessed using the same proce

Assessment areas

Programme evaluations at the third-cycle level include four assessment areas:

  • preconditions
  • design, implementation and outcomes (including gender equality and follow-up, measures and feedback)
  • doctoral student perspective
  • working life and collaboration

The assessment areas contain one or more assessment criteria. An overall assessment will be given for each assessment area. For the evaluations to be legally correct, predictable and transparent, the assessment criteria are to be made known in advance and be common to all programmes within the same evaluation.

The guidelines was updated in June 2018.