PHOENIX Erasmus +: Erasmus Mundus

Joint Doctoral Program on Dynamics of Health and Welfare

Evaluation Criteria

Courses and Internship Assignments

Course assignments and examinations will normally be based upon active participation at seminars, written essays and oral presentations. The examiner of each course will decide about the quality and approval of the assignments, when appropriate after the evaluation and advice of one or several colleagues. An evaluation if the internship has been successfully completed will made by the two supervisors after consultation with the supervisor at the place of internship.

Conflicting opinions between examiner and student about evaluation results of courses and internships will be submitted to one or several qualified teachers for further scrutiny and decision.

Thesis: Procedure - examination - main evaluation criteria

The thesis work covers 120 ECTS, i.e. two years of full studies distributed over years 1-3. After the committee evaluation and guidelines, the candidate will have one year dedicated to the completion of the thesis to be submitted and defended at the university where the student started the program and where the main supervisor is located. The examination procedure will take place according to the (national) regulations of the university where the thesis is defended.

In all circumstances, the thesis will be evaluated and approved according to established and satisfactory fulfilled international criteria for an advanced scientific dissertation within the tradition of the field. Among these criteria are:

  • Importance and originality of main research question(s) from a scientific and societal point of view
  • Well-argued motivations for the choice of research object, background and context
  • Demonstrated knowledge of previous research and state of the art with clear and valid references to the most relevant literature
  • Well motivated and presented theoretical considerations
  • Well motivated and presented choices of methods and hypothesises
  • Awareness and good practise regarding ethical considerations and handling of sensitive data and information
  • Clear, logical, coherent, rigorously performed and well-defended presentation of investigations, analysis and results
  • Coherence between declared research questions and main results
  • Scientific importance of the results for further research
  • If applicable, potentials for practical applications of the results
  • Ability to summarise research results for wider audiences
  • Well performed formal defence of the thesis

Thesis Presentation:


PHOENIX is a Joint Doctorate programme selected under Erasmus Mundus

Project Coordinator: Prof. Laurinda Abreu | Contacts: Isália Morais

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