Your Doctoral Journey at RIKON

The graphic here show a general structure of the PhD journey in RIKON. The PhD process is structured and comprises of three components, the most significant being original research, typically examined via evaluation of a written dissertation and a viva voce examination. Although candidates may be registered on a structured PhD programme, the essence of a PhD remains a coherent body of original and novel research¾the PhD award is made based solely on the assessment of the PhD dissertation. The candidate must complete a viva voce examination following submission of a PhD dissertation.


To graduate, each doctoral candidate will have to earn a minimum of 30 ECTS through completion of Universal PhD Path Modules and Project Path Modules in advance of submitting an intention to submit their dissertation. Universal PhD Path Modules cover a range of generic and transferable skills targeting the professional and personal development of PhD candidates. Project Path modules cover topics of particular relevance to a candidate’s research project—they are intended to provide candidates with domain-specific knowledge and skills that may be directly applied in the context of their research work.

At RIKON, we place a strong emphasis on developing your generic and transferable skills to ensure that you are prepared for your future career. As a doctoral student in RIKON, you will have access to a wide range of courses that are available to you and also incorporate research-related activities into the doctoral study programme.

For full-time candidates, the expected duration of the programme is four years and the minimum duration is three years, whilst for part-time students the expected duration of the programme is six years and the minimum duration is four years.