Requirements of co-supervisors

PhD students must have one primary co-supervisor. Furthermore, it is possible to attach an unrestricted number of other co-supervisors to the PhD project.

Primary co-supervisor

  • The primary co-supervisor must have an academic level equivalent to at least associate professor, clinical associate professor or senior researcher, but does not have to be employed at the Faculty. Documentation of the academic level must be provided in the enrolment application.
  • In some cases, the primary co-supervisor is more involved in the PhD student’s research project than the principal supervisor. However, it is always the principal supervisor who holds full project responsibility.
  • If the PhD student is in doubt whether the intended primary co-supervisor meets the requirements, the PhD student can have an assessment made before applying for enrolment. To do so, please email the intended primary co-supervisor's CV including a list of publications to

Other co-supervisors must;

  • Possess qualifications within the scientific area in question in order to contribute to the PhD project and help the PhD student with the research. A PhD student may not be a co-supervisor for other PhD students.
  • Offer regular supervision and guidance to the PhD student - at least twice a year.
  • Participate in the regular assessments of the PhD student’s study programme.
  • Be available for the PhD student during the writing of the PhD thesis.
If you are enrolled as an industrial PhD student, you are required to have a project co-supervisor at your industrial workplace.