A mid-way seminar is mandatory and should take place when two years of full-time work or equivalent has been carried out. A mid-way seminar can be carried out when all compulsory courses have been completed.
A mid-way seminar can be replaced by a licentiate seminar.
The mid-way seminar should include a written report on the project and an oral presentation of the project in the form of a seminar. The written report may be a composition consisting of an introductory chapter together with one or more articles/manuscripts, or a monograph. The report should include a plan for the remaining part of the programme.
The principal supervisor appoints three experts who are independent from the project, of whom at least two are to have the qualifications required for appointment as a docent (associate professor) and at most one person from the department in question, who together with the supervisor and doctoral student are to assess the project and its possibility of leading to a doctoral degree.
The date of the mid-way seminar is determined by the department. The written report should be submitted to the assessment panel at least two weeks before the seminar in order to give the experts the opportunity to prepare their review.
A report detailing the completed mid-way seminar should be drawn up. All members of the panel are to sign the report. Halfway seminars do not involve any type of examination.