The annual report has to be submitted annually after approval of the doctoral thesis agreement and to be approved by the study programme leader. These reports constitute annexes to the doctoral thesis agreement. They must be evaluated by the supervisor(s), signed by the student and the supervisor(s) before being submitted. After submission, the study programme director will approve the report or may request further information for approval.

The annual report serves two main purposes

  • It helps both, the doctoral students and the supervisors, to keep track of the thesis research project and to avoid pitfalls that, in retrospect, could have been avoided (e.g. unrealistic timetable, false expectations).
  • To report on any changes that have become necessary or even desirable that could not have been foreseen when the doctoral thesis agreement was signed. For example, the originally planned data collection may become impossible because study participants have withdrawn or access to databases has been denied; or new unexpected opportunities have arisen, such as new conferences.

When do I have to submit the annual report?

The first annual report is due one year after the successful completion of the public presentation (FÖP) and the approval of the doctoral thesis agreement.

  • Example: The approval date of the doctoral thesis agreement is 01 February 2022. This means that the 1st annual progress report is due in February 2023 for the period Feb 2022 - Feb 2023, the 2nd  annual progress report is due in February 2024, and so on.


Sport Science PhD students need to attach

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