PhD students are to have at least two supervisors, a main supervisor and a co-supervisor. The main supervisor should normally be from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
If you have been assigned an external main supervisor, a co-supervisor from HVL will be appointed. All supervisors must have a PhD and be active researchers. The distribution of the supervisor's responsibility between the main supervisor and the co-supervisor is specified in the agreement upon admission to the PhD programme at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
The supervisors shall provide advice on the formulation and demarcation of topics and issues, discuss and assess hypotheses and methods, discuss the results and interpretation of these, discuss the structure and implementation of the presentation, including disposition, language form, documentation etc., and provide assistance in directing the student to academic literature and source data basis found in libraries, archives, etc. Furthermore, the supervisors shall give the candidate guidance on ethical questions related to the research for the thesis.
Information about the supervisor's and candidate's duties when providing supervision is specified in the agreement upon admission to the PhD education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
The programme committee may appoint a new supervisor, if the PhD candidate or
the supervisor asks for it. The supervisor cannot resign before a new supervisor has been appointed. Procedure for changing supervisor is described in the agreement for admission part B.