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university of tampere: faculty of communication sciences: doctoral studies: doctoral study guide:
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The Doctoral programmes of the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies will be transferring to new Faculty of Communication Sciences:

The study-related instructions and curricula of the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies will continue to be used in connection with these Doctoral programmes.

Studying and Supervision

As a rule, doctoral students are assigned two supervisors. At least one of them must be a professor or a docent at the University of Tampere or have docent-level scientific qualifications.

All questions regarding LTL's doctoral programmes should be addressed to the person in charge of doctoral affairs at LTL. Doctoral students are advised to subscribe to LTL's e-mail list for doctoral students to remain informed and up to date. Students should also visit the University's website regularly for general news about doctoral studies. Please visit the Doctoral School's website for more information aimed at all doctoral students.

Supervision and Reporting

Each doctoral student must draw up a written study and supervision plan together with his/her supervisors. The plan must specify the name of the lead supervisor and the duties and responsibilities of the supervisors and the student. The plan must also include the student's preliminary schedule and a description of the supervisors' intended course of action. The purpose of supervision is to support and train the student in independent scientific work and to develop the student's professional skills and career prospectives. A student must update his/her study and supervision plan once a year or when necessary.

If a student substantially changes his/her dissertation, he/she must update the plan together with his/her supervisors. In such cases, students may even be required to draw up a new research plan.

Good supervision practices require that both parties adhere to moral and ethical norms and act responsibly. Supervisors should also familiarise themselves with the University's guidelines on good supervision practices and take the University's supervisor training course. In a good supervisory relationship, the duties, responsibilities and rights of both parties are defined as soon as possible. Doctoral students are entitled to sufficient professional supervision, but they must also commit to it and acknowledge that writing a dissertation is a demanding long-term project.

A follow-up group common to all doctoral students in the school monitors the progress of the doctoral students' dissertations. The follow-up group does not concern itself with the contents of dissertations, only the progress. The follow-up group assembles twice a year. Each doctoral student reports on their progress only once a year. Each time, three people are chosen from the members of the Executive Board of the research centre Plural and, if needed, other dissertation supervisors in the school, so that none of the members of the follow-up group have their own doctoral students in the group to be monitored. The follow-up group reads the updated study and supervisory plan as well as the the short report (approx. half a page) written by the student. If the student does not submit the updated study and supervisory plan and the report, or if the dissertation does not progress as expected, the supervisor is not obligated to use resources to supervise the student. If the doctoral student later demonstrates that the dissertation has progressed independently, they are entitled to supervision again.

If there are problems with the supervision, the follow-up group and the Postgraduate Committee will consider them and suggest a solution to the Dean.

International Collaboration in Doctoral Studies

If a doctoral student pursues studies both at the University of Tampere and at a non-Finnish university (taking a so-called "joint degree" or cotutelle), the lead supervisor must contact the person responsible for doctoral affairs at LTL to ensure that all relevant matters are considered and the necessary documents drawn up. The University's rules, regulations and agreements must be followed, even in earning a joint degree.

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