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The co-supervisor's responsibilities

As many as three co-supervisors can be involved in the PhD project. As co-supervisors you must be qualified in research in the relevant field. It is not necessary for you to be employed at the faculty or elsewhere at the University of Southern Denmark. You can be e.g. professor, associated professor, lecturer, resident, chief physician, senior researcher or postdoc. PhD students cannot be supervisors for other PhD students. The faculty does not pay external supervisors.

In most cases, one or more co-supervisors are involved in a PhD project. As co-supervisor you have great knowledge about the scientific area in question and you can contribute to the PhD project and help the student with the research. A co-supervisor has fewer formal requirements for participation in the project than if you are main supervisor.

As co-supervisor, you have to make sure that:

  • there is continuity in the supervision, in case the main supervisor is absent. If the project is conducted outside of the enrolling institution a project supervisor, who is employed at this place, is appointed. This person will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision.
  • you give the most efficient supervision to the PhD student contributing with a ’second opinion’ and certain areas of expertise in addition to the main supervisor.
  • you give constructive critique and you respond to submitted manuscripts/publications and parts of/the final PhD thesis.
  • you stay up-to-date with the progress of the PhD student's work.

Project supervisor

When a PhD project is completed in accordance with the industrial PhD arrangement, a supervisor from the company where the PhD student is employed must be involved. This supervisor is a project supervisor.

A project supervisor can also be a co-supervisor who after a previous arrangement has undertaken a part of the main supervisor's responsibilities at a "normal" PhD project.

Last Updated 22.03.2019