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The ISP-system for individual study plans

The ISP system is a web-based system for managing the individual study plans. The individual study plan is established and revised by the principal supervisor and the PhD student, reviewed and approved by the examiner (Director of PhD studies), and finalized by the Head of Department.


PhD students are automatically granted access to the ISP system upon admission. The authorisation for supervisors, Directors of studies and Heads of department to access the system is established by the ISP administrator at each department.



New features in the ISP system October 2018 (pdf)
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User guides

Short guide for PhD students and supervisors (updated 2017-11-27)
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User guide for PhD students and supervisors (updated 2017-12-12)
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User guide for department administrators (updated 2017-12-12)


Log in to the ISP system:

Internal users – log in with your Lucat ID

External users –  log in here with your ISP-password


Regulations and rules

The Higher Education Ordinance (HEO Chapter 6 Section 29) states that

“An individual study plan shall be drawn up for each doctoral student. This plan shall contain the undertakings made by the doctoral student and the higher education institution and a timetable for the doctoral student's study programme. The plan shall be adopted after consultation with the doctoral student and his or her supervisors.”

The university has decided that the individual study plan is to include:

  • name and personal identity number
  • research studies subject and the general syllabus for the intended degree
  • date of admission and date of decision and any amendments
  • intended degree with title
  • general annual schedule for the programme, courses completed, thesis work completed, estimated date for the public defence of the thesis, departmental duties
  • maintenance plan for the estimated period of study
  • details of the supervisor and assistant supervisor(s) as well as the extent of the supervision

The Faculty Board has ultimate responsibility for research studies and the head of department takes the final decision on the individual study plan in case of disagreement.

For rules, forms and further information, please visit the web-page for faculty documents for PhD students.
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Contact and support

Helen Wiman

isp [dot] support [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se


Department administrators

Communication and Media & Strategic Communication - linda [dot] troein [at] kom [dot] lu [dot] se (Linda Troein)

Gender Studies - helena [dot] gyllensvard [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se (Helena Gyllensvärd)

Human Geography - arvin [dot] khoshnood [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se (Arvin Khoshnood)

LUCSUS - charlotta [dot] kjollerstrom [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se (Charlotta Kjöllerström)

Political Science - helen [dot] fogelin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Helen Fogelin)

Psychology - anita [dot] lennerstedt [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se (Anita Lennerstedt)

School of Social Work - anneli [dot] nielsen [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se (Anneli Nielsen)

Service Management and Service Studies - gunilla [dot] steen [at] ism [dot] lu [dot] se (Gunilla Steen)

Sociology - susanne [dot] lindberg [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se (Susanne Lindberg)

Sociology of Law - anna [dot] sonander [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se (Anna Sonander)