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The training component of the research programme shall contain the necessary academic and methodological training which will benefit the doctoral candidate in his or her work on the dissertation and qualify the candidate for professions requiring in-depth scientific knowledge Through the training component, the PhD candidate is expected to improve his or her skills in scientific theory, research methodology and research ethics. The development of skills in the dissemination of research results is also a required part of the training component. In addition the PhD candidate could add individual chosen courses/activities to complete with the requirement of the xx ECTS points.
The thesis must demonstrate the PhD candidate's ability to carry out independent scientific work at a high academic level and the overall research efforts of which the PhD candidate's work forms a part. The research must lead to new scientific knowledge. It must meet international standards within the field and it must be publishable as part of the scientific literature on the subject.
3. Learning outcomes/objectives for a PhD The doctoral candidate shall on completion of a PhD study, acquire advanced theoretical and methodological competence and communication skills, particularly aimed at disseminating academic work to students and the general public.
On completion of a PhD study, the candidate should be able to:
A) Research skills and techniques- to be able to demonstrate:
1. The ability to recognize and validate problems
2. Original, independent and critical thinking, and the ability to develop theoretical concepts
3. A knowledge of recent advances within one’s field and in related areas
4. An understanding of relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within one’s research field
5. The ability to critically analyse and evaluate one’s findings and those of others
6. An ability to summarise, document, report and reflect on progress
B) Research Environment- to be able to:
1. Show a broad understanding of the context, at the national and international level, in which research takes place
2. Demonstrate awareness of issues about the rights of other researchers, of research subjects, and of others who may be affected by the research, for example confidentiality, ethical issues, attribution, copyright, malpractice, ownership of data and the requirements of the Data Protection Act
3. Demonstrate appreciation of standards of good research practice in their institution and/or discipline
4. Understand relevant health and safety issues and demonstrate responsible working practices
C) Research management- to be able to:
1. Apply effective project management through the setting of research goals, intermediate milestones and prioritisation of activities
2. Design and execute systems for the acquisition and collation of information through the effective use of appropriate resources and equipment
3. Identify and access appropriate bibliographical resources, archives, and other sources of relevant information
4. Use information technology appropriately for database management, recording and presenting information
D) Communication skills –to be able to:
1. Write clearly and in a style appropriate to purpose, for example progress reports, published documents, thesis
2. Construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas clearly to a range of audiences, formally and informally through a variety of techniques.
3. Constructively defend research outcomes at seminars and viva examination
4. Contribute to promoting the public understanding of one’s research field
5. Effectively support the learning of others when involved in teaching, mentoring or demonstrating activities
4. Length of the programme Doctoral training is stipulated to three years. The partners can agree on a longer period, but this has to be agreed upon based on all involved institutions own regulations and requirements.
5. Admission requirements
6. Recommended previous knowledge (7. Introductory courses)
8. Mandatory activities/courses The training component of the research programme shall contain the necessary academic and methodological training which will benefit the doctoral candidate in his or her work on the dissertation and qualify the candidate for professions requiring indepth scientific knowledge. Philosophy of science and ethics and dissemination of research results are minimum criteria for compulsory activities at the University of Bergen, and these courses should count for minimum xx ECTS credits whereof xx is the total amount of the PhD training.
9. Recommended electives Both courses and several research related activities may be accepted as part of the training component. It is however up to the consortium to decide upon own internal regulations.
10. PhD thesis The thesis must demonstrate the PhD candidate's ability to carry out independent scientific work at a high academic level and the overall research efforts of which the PhD candidate's work forms a part. The research must lead to new scientific knowledge. It must meet international standards within the field and it must be publishable as part of the scientific literature on the subject. The thesis can either be an independent work or a continuation of scientific work carried out in previous research.
The dissertation must be written in a language that is widely understood by the international research community in the field.
10. Stipulation regarding progress Doctoral training is stipulated to xx years. A continuous progression is hence important in order to finish in due time. Every year, the PhD candidate and the supervisor(s) must submit separate written reports on the progress of the doctoral studies.
11. Places of Study
12. Assessment methods In evaluating the thesis, particular emphasis is placed on whether the work is an independent and complete scientific piece of work at a high academic level in the field of study. This will be evaluated with respect to the formulation of the dissertation's hypothesis, methodological, theoretical and empirical basis, documentation, handling of sources and method of presentation. In particular, it will be assessed whether the sources and methods used are appropriate in relation to the issues raised in the dissertation and whether the arguments and conclusions presented are adequate.
13. Grading scale at foreign institution
14. Programme committee Name on Programme Committee/Council.
”The Council has the responsibility for the academic content, …. “
15. Contact information
Preamble This agreement sets out on the basis of existing common scientific cooperation between the two institutions the framework for joint supervision of the doctoral studies of Doctoral candidate: name of doctoral candidate At the University of (institution 1) and the University of (Institution 2) leading to the award of the degree of title of degree to be awarded The title of the doctoral candidate’s research project is: Specify the title of the research project The agreement is in accordance with the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges of April 1st 2005 and the regulations concerning the doctoral programme at the University of Bergen having regard to the Ministerial Order of January 6th 2005 on the International Joint Doctorate supervision and the national legislation of partner institution…………….
All parties commit themselves to act in conformity with the two institutions’ regulations and codes of practice covering doctoral awards and to seeking the resolution by mutual consent of any difficulties that might arise in the interpretation of those regulations.
The doctoral candidate must meet the relevant requirements of both institutions regarding admission to the doctoral programme, progress and assessment. The doctoral candidate will however make only one final examination, producing only one dissertation/thesis and earning one degree.
Both institutions must ensure that the doctoral candidate who is admitted and registered to the doctoral programmes under the joint supervision agreement (co-tutelle agreement) is not given a double workload.
The cotutelle agreement can only be applied in cases where the PhD candidate still has more than one year left of the PhD period.
Article 1. Admission and registration
1. Mr/Ms…………………. is to be admitted as a doctoral candidate at the partner institution Mr/Ms……………….is also to be admitted as a doctoral candidate at the department, University of Bergen. The candidate must meet all formal requirements for admission to doctoral studies in both institutions. The candidate must register in both institutions, but with a registration fee exemption in one of the institutions during the period of joint supervision. The candidate will have to pay the registration fee at partner institution, with a registration fee exemption at the University of Bergen during the period of joint supervisions.
2. Ms/Mr doctoral candidate holder of a Masters Degree in field/subject from educational institution fulfils all the conditions for admission to doctoral studies in both institutions.
3. The admission of the candidate to doctoral studies in both institutions is on the basis of the funding of the doctoral candidate by funding scheme (PhD research fellowship/student scholarship).
Article 2. Doctoral Programme Duration of studies
1. The admission of the candidate is effective from date. The expected length of research is set to 3 years. The dissertation/thesis defence is hence expected to take place during the academic year specify academic year. This length can only be extended in exceptional cases on proposition by the supervisors, and after a favourable opinion given by the two institutions and any sponsoring bodies. This proposition must be introduced 6 months before the expected date of the end of the doctoral dissertation/thesis set above.
2. The doctoral candidate and his/her co-supervisors will agree how the doctoral candidate’s working time is to be divided between the two institutions, taking into account the needs of the research and circumstances of the doctoral candidate. An outline timetable is set out in the appendix 2 of this agreement. Variations to the timetable will be agreed between the doctoral candidate and his /her co-supervisors. Ms/Mr doctoral candidate shall carry out her/his research predominantly at institution, but shall also be in residence at the institution for a period of time. Further, both supervisors, in the interests of a successful joint supervision, shall meet at least once before the defence.
3. Ms./Mr doctoral candidate’s doctoral dissertation/thesis is provisionally titled title of dissertation/thesis.
4. The dissertation/thesis shall contain a summary of the complete dissertation/thesis work bound up with published papers and manuscripts or a summary of the complete dissertation/thesis written up as a monography (choose the one which applies).
5. The joint supervision is carried out within the framework of the common research project between both institutions.
6. The supervisor at the institution 1 is Professor ……………………. The supervisor at the University of Bergen is Professor ……………….. Both of these supervisors agree that they will faithfully execute the duties of scholarly supervision of the doctoral dissertation/thesis and will coordinate with each other as necessary.
Both supervisors undertake to carry out to the full extent the role of supervisor of the studies of the doctoral candidate, as defined by the regulations in force at their respective institution, and to support each other in the execution of their duties as supervisors. The two co-supervisors will confer regularly with regard to the progress of the doctoral candidate’s studies. See appendix 1 for rights an duties of supervisors and doctoral candidate in the supervision-candidate relationship.
Should one of the supervisors leave their institution, the institution’s normal procedures for finding a replacement supervisor will be followed, with the involvement of the other supervisor. If a suitable supervisor cannot be found, the agreement will be terminated and the doctoral candidate will continue his/her studies towards the doctoral degree of the institution of his/her remaining supervisor.
7. The candidate will have to submit an annual report on progression of the PhD project to both Universities.
Submission and evaluation of dissertation/thesis
8. The authorisation of the dissertation/thesis submission is given in agreement between both institutions, in conformity with their regulations and after a favourable opinion of their competent departments. The requirements of acknowledgement of courses and formal training will be decided by the institution where the dissertation/thesis is submitted.
The dissertation/thesis assessment committee is designated by the legal authorities of the institution where the dissertation/thesis is submitted, after agreement from the cosignatory institution. It will be equally composed by academic representatives from both countries and will include at least four members. It will include at least one professor from each university. The assessment committee shall work in accordance with the regulations applying at the institution where the defence is held.
Before the defence the assessment committee will give an evaluation of the dissertation.
The evaluation is to be submitted to Institution 1 and to the Faculty of … UiB. The University of Bergen will receive three copies of the PhD dissertation/thesis for their records.
9. The PhD dissertation/thesis defence will be performed in a unique session at institution.
The candidate shall make a presentation of the doctoral dissertation/thesis during a seminar at the other institution within 6 months after the defence.