At the University of Helsinki there is a system for monitoring doctoral (postgraduate, PhD) students’ study progress. The system offers support and academic advice to doctoral students whose studies are in danger of being delayed.
The system screens out students who were granted the right to pursue a postgraduate degree six years ago or more, and who have not completed their degree. The study progress is surveyed annually in the spring.
As a doctoral student, if your degree is not completed before the end of the academic year (31 July), you must devise a personal study plan.
The screening does not affect your right to pursue a degree, but a registration block will be set. The registration block will be removed when you present a study plan that is approved by your faculty. After this you may register as an attending student and continue with your studies. Approved study plan is valid for three years at a time.
If the examination process for your dissertation manuscript has begun, but your degree will not be completed by the end of the academic year, contact the Doctoral study services email@example.com to remove the registration block.
Otherwise, contact your supervisor and prepare a new, updated personal study plan. The personal study plan includes a postgraduate studies monitoring form and an updated study and research plan (free form, maximum three pages) approved by the responsible professor. Approval of the professor may also be confirmed via e-mail from the professor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postgraduate students who have been granted doctoral study right before 1 January 2014 must join to doctoral programmes.