Supervision of Doctoral Students

It is recommended that the supervisor and the doctoral student prepare a mutual supervision guideline that details the practices of supervision, reporting and possible feedback.

The duties of a doctoral student:

  1. To discuss the selected research topic with the supervisor considering the doctoral student’s personal aims and research objectives.
  2. At the beginning of the studies, to prepare, under the guidance of the supervisor, a preliminary research plan; to detail the content of the research project, objectives, methods and schedules.
  3. At the beginning of the studies, to prepare, together with the supervisor, a personal doctoral study plan which supports the research project and the student’s career plans.
  4. To study the ethical issues of scientific research and follow good scientific practice in the research project. The primary responsibility for the application of good scientific practice belongs to every researcher; to ensure that the necessary permits for the research project have been obtained.
  5. To study the field of research and its theoretical principles, previous findings, theories and methods at the very beginning of the research project and follow the literature in the field.
  6. To conduct independent research according to the research plan and to follow the doctoral study plan.
  7. To ensure funding for the research project together with the supervisor.
  8. To report on the progress of the research project regularly to the supervisor, any monitoring group and, if necessary, the bodies which have funded the research project; to provide feedback to the supervisor and be honest about any problems related to the doctoral studies.
  9. To register with the university every year either as an attending or as a non-attending student.
  10. To apply for permission for the public examination, to place the doctoral dissertation on public display, to publish the dissertation, to take care of practical arrangements of the public examination, to defend the dissertation and to apply for a degree certificate after completing the studies listed in the personal doctoral study plan.

The duties of a supervisor:

  1. To provide guidance in the selection of the research topic considering the doctoral student’s personal aims and research objectives.
  2. At the beginning of the studies, to provide help in the preparation of a research plan; to detail the content of the research project, objectives, methods and schedules together with the student; to ensure that the research plan is feasible.
  3. At the beginning of the studies, to help the student prepare a personal doctoral study plan which meets the requirements set by the faculty and supports the research project and the student’s career plans.
  4. To detail the ethical issues of scientific research to the student and ensure that good scientific practice is followed in the research project; to ensure that research permits have been obtained; to provide guidance to the student in applying research permits, to agree on the access and publication rights of research materials and to agree on the cooperation between partners.
  5. To ensure that the student knows the key theoretical principles, previous findings, theories and methods in the field of research at the very beginning of the research project.
  6. To help and support the student in the organisation of the different stages of the research project: setting the research question, carrying out the research project, interpreting and reporting the results and planning the research project further.
  7. To ensure funding for the research project together with the student.
  8. To monitor regularly the progress of the studies and the doctoral dissertation and to be committed to the supervising task as mutually agreed. It is important to both encourage the student and provide feedback and to address any problems that may arise.
  9. To verify that courses provided by others than the University of Eastern Finland are suitable to the student’s personal doctoral study programme (this may include courses completed elsewhere, conferences attended, etc.).
  10. To contribute to ensuring that the research project intended to be published as a doctoral dissertation meets the requirements concerning the standard of contents and form of a scientific work by a doctoral student.