Supervising, examining and evaluating doctoral theses
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Dissertations are examined in two stages: the first stage is the preliminary examination and the public examination is the second. Matters pertaining to the examination of doctoral dissertations are decided by the faculty council of the doctoral student’s home faculty.
The doctoral dissertation supervisor is responsible for supporting the doctoral student in carrying out the dissertation research and planning the studies included in the degree. From these instructions you will find information on e.g. the rights and responsibilities of each party.
A functional supervision relationship is essential for the completion of a dissertation.
The supervision plan (often also called supervision agreement) helps the supervisors and the doctoral candidate to agree on the principles and practices of supervision so that each party is aware of their duties. The supervision plan is drawn up in the Thessa planning tool for doctoral studies.
In addition to the actual dissertation supervisor, a coordinating academic (sometimes also called responsible person / responsible professor) is appointed for all Doctoral Students.
The thesis committee (follow-up group) assigned for all doctoral candidates is responsible for monitoring the progress of the doctoral dissertation work as well as the quality of the degree and supervision. The thesis committee comprises of at least two experts with sufficient expertise to assess the progress of dissertation work.
Studies completed by students are evaluated in Sisu, Examinarium or Moodle, depending on the platform and evaluation method you use.
The University has given up the formal study progress monitoring process of doctoral students (jatko-opintojen rekisteriseuranta).
In many ways, the supervisor is the most important support person for a doctoral student. The supervisor supervises the dissertation research and acts as a mentor for the doctoral candidate.
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