According to the Higher Education Ordinance, all doctoral students must have an individual study plan (ISP).
The ISP must be updated at least once a year. It contains, among other things, a timetable for the education, a description of the thesis and the thesis project, planned educational activities and the degree outcomes of the education. The ISP also contains parts that must be filled in during follow-up and evaluation of the education.
The commitment part of the ISP must contain commitments that SLU, the principal supervisor and the doctoral student must implement during the coming year in order for the education to proceed according to plan.
The commitment part becomes valid for a maximum of one calendar year. Should a serious conflict arise between the supervisor and the doctoral student, the signed commitment part constitutes an official basis in the work of resolving the conflict.