Your supervisor is the key person in your graduate degree program. Graduate education is greatly affected by the nature of the supervision and the quality of communication between graduate students and their supervisors. When students work closely and effectively with their graduate supervisors, they will improve the quality of their dissertations or theses and their educational experiences.
Supervisors should be available to help their graduate students at every stage, from formulation of their research projects through establishing methodologies and discussing results, to presentation and possible publication of dissertations. Graduate supervisors must also ensure that their students’ work meets the standards of the University and the academic discipline.
- Rules and regulations for the master’s thesis
- Supervision Guidelines (PDF 137 kb) This document contains guidelines for you and your supervisor during the writing process. Both parties should go through the details when starting your supervision.
You must try to be as accurate as possible when filling out the application form. If you have not yet decided a specific theme, you should list your possible interest fields.
We very much hope you will not have any problems with supervision, but if a problem does arise – because, for example, your supervisor is on leave for an extended period or your research takes a new direction, or for personal reasons – you should contact, in the first instance, any of the following: the Director of Graduate Studies, your advisor, the Head of Department or your College tutor. With any of these, you may wish to discuss whether you want to continue along the more formal lines of complaint proposed by the Student Registry.
As a new PhD student, you will be assigned a supervisor, who is responsible for guiding your studies. You are, however, expected to have the capacity and enthusiasm to organise your own research and to work on your own initiative. You are expected to submit written work at regular intervals for discussion with your supervisor.
A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings. I am not sure which name is appropiate, supervisor or advisor.
In some contexts, the word “thesis” or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor’s or master’s course, while “dissertation” is normally applied to a doctorate, while in other contexts, the reverse is true.
Before you start the application process, you must contact a professor who will supervise your research work throughout the programme.
Your choice of thesis supervisor depends on the topic or area of research you are considering. You can see what research avenues are being explored at ULB at the following pages:
This database contains the names and contact information of members of the Social Studies staff and of scholars around the Boston area who have expressed interest in supervising Social Studies senior theses. To be in this database, a potential supervisor must either be a graduate student or a member of the teaching or administrative staff at an accredited university or must be an independent scholar with a Ph.D. from an accredited university.
The purpose of this database is to provide students with names of potential supervisors, not to endorse any specific person. Students using this database should use their own judgement regarding the suitability of people in this database to advise them. Students are advised to consider a potential supervisor’s scholarly qualifications as well as their skills, experience, and enthusiasm for the potential project.
Researchers at the Business departments of the affiliated schools are available for master and PhD thesis supervision.
In the first year of the program, students are encouraged to check out several options before choosing a specific sub-discipline. Students who need assistance or advice are invited to contact the Director of Graduate Studies for help.
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Graduate students in the thesis option should select a thesis supervisor before the end of the second term of study. The thesis supervisor must be a faculty member from the School of Computer Science (SCS) who is also a member of OCICS. An advisor may have been declared on the Statement of Standing on Admission but is not the student’s supervisor until an official form has been signed. Typically, a professor who provides a Research Assistantship will become the student’s supervisor. He or she is also expected to advise the student on course selection. Some students may have co-supervisors. In such cases, at least one of the co-supervisors must be a faculty member from the School of Computer Science who is also a member of OCICS.
You may like to see the Graduate Supervision – Responsibilities and Expectations Policy document from FGPA to get better understanding of the role of Thesis & Project Supervisor(s).
The study plan has been reviewed with the thesis supervisor in the form described in this application. The supervisor estimates the topic and research method of the planned thesis to be acceptable for a master’s thesis.
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