RESEARCH AND SUPERVISION

Thesis supervision

PhD thesis supervisor (“director de tesis”)

The academic tribunal of the PhD program assigns the PhD candidate a thesis supervisor at the time of registration, and this figure will be responsible for the coherence and appropriateness of the activities, impact and innovation in the subject field of the thesis and will guide the planning and adequacy of the research to other projects and activities.

The designation of a thesis supervisor may fall on any Spanish or Foreign PhD with accredited research experience independently of the university, center or institution in which they work. At the same time, each PhD program may establish additional criteria as necessary for the PhD thesis supervisor.

The designation of the thesis supervisor may be modified at any time during the PhD program: whenever there are justified reasons the supervisor may reject supervision of the thesis (in which case the academic tribunal for the program will suggest a replacement); on petition of the PhD candidate where there are justifications for doing so the academic tribunal of the PhD program may change the designation of the PhD supervisor.

Joint supervision of the PhD thesis

The PhD thesis may be supervised by other PhD holders where there are academic arguments for doing so (such as interdisciplinarity of the subject or national or international programs) with the prior authorization of the academic tribunal of the PhD program. This authorization may be withdrawn at a later date if, in the opinion of the academic tribunal, the joint supervision is not beneficial to the progress of the thesis.
A PhD thesis may be jointly supervised by up to three PhD holders.

Thesis supervisors outside the PhD programme

Thesis supervisors who are not lecturers at the UAB or who have not been appointed as a thesis director must accredit their own PhD qualification and research experience, i.e. specific details of publications, research projects they have worked on and any other information relevant to the lines of research proposed on the PhD program. Once the above supervisor has been approved, the academic tribunal for the PhD program may authorize their incorporation into the program as a possible thesis supervisor (or assign them to a single doctoral thesis).
If the supervisor of the PhD thesis is a lecturer at the UAB, but is not involved in the PhD program, then the research outline for the thesis should also be signed by the director of the department of the thesis supervisor to ensure that the supervisor does not exceed the maximum number of theses they are permitted to supervise.

Each PhD program must establish which other lecturers, whatever their category as long as they are not included in the program, are able to supervise the thesis.

Maximum number of theses per supervisor

Each supervisor may supervise a maximum of five PhD theses simultaneously. The supervision of the PhD thesis concludes at the time the thesis is presented and defended or if the PhD candidate withdraws. In terms of recognition of the teaching and research dedication in situations of joint supervision these should be divided equally.

Supervisor responsabilities

  • Try to ensure that the project is original, innovative and viable, under the terms of the rules, and also that it is coherent with the group or line of the research to which it is linked.
  • Agree to the plan for the supervision of research work and plan regular meetings. The supervisor informs what documents are required for each meeting (written reports, messages, minutes, handwritten papers etc.) to be able to accredit the frequency of the meetings.
  • Advise the PhD candidate on the research in general and the preparation of the thesis in particular.
  • Indicate to the PhD candidate the most appropriate activities for their research when the PhD program has been identified and sign the activities document.
  • Facilitate the candidate's participation in the specific and transferrable training activities for the PhD program in accordance with that established in the commitment document.
  • Sign the commitment and activities document for the PhD candidate.
  • Assist the PhD candidate in the definition of the PhD research project and the research that will eventually culminate in the PhD thesis.
  • Revise and sign the research plan for the thesis.
  • Try to ensure that the PhD student takes the initiative and achieves increasing autonomy throughout the project.
  • Assist the PhD candidate to find solutions for different aspects related to their research and establish the specific details and the means required and, where necessary, the experimental design.
  • Let the PhD candidate know about all the means available to them at the University that are important for their research and help them to access them.
  • Write the forms required for the annual review.
  • Read, correct and comment on the draft thesis before it is deposited, on the conditions that the candidate has provided a copy a reasonable time beforehand.
  • Ensure that the candidate understands the administrative and academic requirements for the assessment and defense of the thesis as well as the corresponding deadlines throughout the process.
  • Communicate health and safety rules to the PhD candidate where necessary.
  • Communicate any rule or ethical aspect that may be related to their research.
  • Undertake to regularly supervise in accordance with the commitment document, the research plan for the PhD candidate, and help them to focus the project while it is being carried out.