All doctoral students are entitled to at least 100 hours of supervision per year of full-time study, as decided by the vice-chancellor.

Supervision is divided between the principal supervisor and the assistant supervisor.

The principal supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the research conducted by the doctoral student complies with the applicable ethical guidelines and that there is a functioning funding plan for the thesis project.

The principal supervisor shall:

  • together with the doctoral student, draw up an individual study plan and consult a reference person
  • together with the examiner, create the conditions for the doctoral student to achieve the individual objectives set out in the study plan and the national qualitative targets
  • create the conditions for adequate resources for the thesis project
  • ensure that the doctoral student can participate in relevant doctoral courses, seminars and conferences
  • ensure that the doctoral student receives supervision for at least 100 hours per year
  • ensure that the thesis work progresses so that the work is completed within the stipulated time
  • ensure that the thesis meets the requirements that can be placed on an academic thesis in terms of both quality and scope
  • together with the head of department, propose faculty opponents and members of the grading committee

Training for supervisors

To be appointed as a principal supervisor you must have completed the Centre for Educational Development's (UPL) course "Postgraduate Supervision in Practice" or equivalent. Further training is then required through a half-day course for research supervisors.

Postgraduate supervision in practice UPL

The half-day course for supervisors will be announced before each session.

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