Each doctoral student is assigned at least one supervisor. The main supervisor is the discipline’s professor, or a teacher or researcher with a doctoral degree. A second supervisor may be appointed from outside the discipline.
The doctoral student must come to supervision sessions well prepared, produce the needed material, stay in regular contact with the supervisor, and complete the assignments that have been agreed upon. The student must commit to the research project by striving for high academic quality and by adhering to rules of research ethics.
A supervision agreement is drawn up to aid the process of supervision. In it, the doctoral student and supervisor agree on the goals and schedule of the thesis work, the practicalities of supervision, and other questions central to the work’s progression. The agreement defines the responsibilities of both the student and the supervisor, and if there are two or more supervisors, their division of labour. The agreement may be supplemented and changed as the student’s studies progress. The plan is valid for up to four years, after which the supervisor evaluates the thesis project’s current feasibility. If the evaluation is favourable, the agreement can be extended for a year, after which the project is re-evaluated.
The original agreement is archived at the discipline, and copies of the agreement are given to the doctoral student and the doctoral programme coordinator. A supervision agreement template is available separately.
The doctoral programme board discusses problematic cases of supervision. All parties are consulted during the settlement process. The dean will decide on changing the supervisor