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PhD students are allocated two supervisors – a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor – to ensure the best possible academic supervision. 

The Head of PhD School appoints a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor on the recommendation of the Head of Department in connection with enrolling PhD students. When approving the principal supervisor and the co-supervisor, the Head of Department must take into consideration how many PhD students the supervisors already have and whether they have the academic and supervisory competence and the time required for supervision.

Where PhD students under the Industrial PhD programme are concerned, a principal supervisor from the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences and a co-supervisor attached to the company at which the PhD student is employed and who has company-relevant research experience in the academic field in question must be appointed. 

The Head of PhD School can give dispensation from the requirement for two supervisors if there are academic reasons for this.

Last Updated 11.10.2019