Supervision and the follow-up group


Supervision: responsibilities of the doctoral student and the supervisor(s) and the framework for supervision

Information regarding the rights and responsibilities of the doctoral student and the supervisor(s) are provided on the Faculty webpage. The Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies wants to additionally emphasise the following:

A) Doctoral student’s activity for advancing the doctoral studies

The doctoral student advances his or her studies according to the study and research plan and applies for funding according to the funding plan. All doctoral students at the University of Jyväskylä will create a project announcement in Converis research information system when planning on applying for complementary (from outside the University) research funding (e.g., foundations’ research grants) for doctoral studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Project announcement is created before the application is submitted to the funder. 

The doctoral student actively follows topical issues pertaining to doctoral training. The Department regularly advertises topical issues pertaining to doctoral training on the staff mailing list and on the Department webpage. The Faculty’s announcements pertaining to doctoral training are made on the doctoral student mailing list.

Keeping the supervisor(s) actively informed on the progress of the doctoral dissertation, submitting the agreed sections of the dissertation to the supervisor(s) in advance before a supervision meeting, and taking feedback into consideration.

The doctoral student submits publication data to the University Library for registration and records other scientific activity in the TUTKA research and publication data system. Questions regarding TUTKA should be directed to the departmental main users.

B) Role of the supervisor(s) in carrying out doctoral studies

Guidance and supervision of dissertation work so that the doctoral student will be able to produce a scientifically high-quality dissertation and complete a doctoral degree in the target time of four years (in full-time postgraduate study).

The doctoral student must be introduced to the responsible conduct of science, the ethical principles of research, and the principles of research data management

Submission of funding applications together with the doctoral student to cover his/her salary, as well as research and travel costs, and/or advising the student on how to apply for funding.

Writing references and statements of evaluation.

C) Supervision framework

Supervision consists of reading the texts provided by the supervisee and of face to face supervision. The recommended amount of face to face supervision is 10–20 hours a year, depending on the stage of the studies. The overall recommended amount of face to face supervision during the doctoral studies is 50–100 hours.

The guidelines for supervision-related changes can be found on the Faculty webpage.


Follow-up group in the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies

According to the regulations of the Graduate School of the University of Jyväskylä, each doctoral student is assigned a follow-up group.

In the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, the follow-up group is the Research Board of the Department, the line-up of which can be found on the Department webpage. The contact person of the follow-up group is professor Raine Koskimaa. Decisions regarding hearings are made by the chairperson.

The doctoral student (or the supervisor or supervisors) may ask for a meeting of the follow-up group in order to discuss issues pertaining to the advancing of studies or to doctoral training. Additionally, the follow-up group calls doctoral students to annual follow-up group meetings.