Supervising, examining and evaluating doctoral theses
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The examination and grading of doctoral dissertations
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.
Practices of PhD supervision
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.
Problems in dissertation supervision
A functional supervision relationship is essential for the completion of a dissertation.
Supervision plan and Thessa
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.
The role of the coordinating academic in dissertation supervision
In addition to the actual dissertation supervisor, a coordinating academic (sometimes also called responsible person / responsible professor) is appointed for all Doctoral Students.
Thesis committees and annual reporting
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.
Registering completed credits
Completed courses, study modules and credit transfers are registered in the university study register (Oodi) by the Student Services on the basis of information submitted by the teachers.
Monitoring doctoral studies progress: instructions for supervisors
The University of Helsinki monitors the academic progress of doctoral students. This entails monitoring both dissertation and study progress after six years have passed since the postgraduate study right was granted.
Becoming a dissertation supervisor
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.