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Advice for doctoral supervisors

The purpose of this website is to draw attention to situations that doctoral supervisors may encounter. Given that there are some 2,000 doctoral candidates at the University of Gothenburg, and that major resources are expended in educating new post-graduate students, it is extremely important that this process function smoothly.

Major effort is expended in taking on doctoral candidates, providing appropriate doctoral courses and creating a working seminar system in which doctoral candidates can receive feedback on their work. Administrative systems with reporting functions also work well in most areas. The PIL [Pedagogic Development and Interactive Learning] course "Supervisors in Post-Graduate Education" (HPE201) offers support for prospective supervisors. Despite these efforts, many doctoral candidates are dissatisfied.
Read more about the project and our conclusions »

Five scenarios

Being a doctoral supervisor involves a responsibility to support a doctoral candidate in his or her actual thesis work, but it also involves having a long-term personal relationship with the candidate.

After analysing interviews with 17 supervisors and 17 doctoral candidates in all of the schools that make up the University of Gothenburg, we have created scenarios from the perspectives of both supervisor and doctoral candidate. These scenarios delineate relevant and key issues having to do primarily with the supervisor/doctoral candidate relationship.

Contact person for Advice for doctoral supervisors

Margareta Jernås
Phone: +46 (0)31-342 94 33
Send e-mail to Margareta

These web pages were created by Silwa Claesson and Gina Wisker.

Further reading

Rules for third-cycle studies

Rules and regulations for third-cycle studies at the University of GothenburgEach faculty can have additional, faculty-specific rules. For more information, see the faculties' webpages on rules for third-cycle studies:

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Page Manager: Olof Siverbo|Last update: 10/10/2014

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