Phd Student- Supervisor Relationship

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Discussion Material for Newly Accepted PhD students and their Supervisors
Name:................................................
The purpose with this material is to identify areas where the expectations of the PhD student and the supervisor on PhD studies differ. It is a questionnaire that is done separately and with the focus on supervisor PhD student relationship. Afterwards the answers are compared and form the base for discussions about the differences and the similarities. The different expectations will also be discussed. Instruction

Circle the answer that fits best with HOW YOU WANT IT TO BE. Answers 1 and 5 represent the extremes of the scale. Circle 3 if both alternatives are equally important.

General
The PhD is mainly seen as an:
1
Employment

2

3

4

5
education

2

3

4

5
to become a
competent
researcher

The aim of a PhD is:
1
To write a
thesis

State some other important goals with PhD education:

The supervisor
What form of supervision is one supposed to have mainly?
1
Spontaneous
talks

2

3

4

5
booked
appointments

How often will some type of supervision/discussion take place? Daily every week

every second week

every month every 6th month

Who should be supervising?
One supervisor

one supervisor together
with one or more co
supervisor

Who should take the initiative for planning the supervisor/ PhD student discussions? 1
Supervisor

2

3

4

5
PhD student

How quickly is the supervisor expected to read the manuscript and respond? 1 day

2 days

3 days

1 week

2 weeks

1 month

Who is responsible for the Individual Study Plan?
1
Supervisor

2

3

4

5
PhD student

3

4

5
free from
schedules and
deadlines

3

4

5
PhD student

3

4

5
PhD student

Research is to be done:
1
According to
a schedule with
strict deadlines

2

Who defines any possible deadlines?
1
Supervisor

2

Research
Who defines the original research?
1
Supervisor

2

Who is the driving force in the research project (attending meetings making contacts etc)?
1
Supervisor

2

3

4

5
PhD student

Who is responsible for solving scientific problems?
1
Supervisor

2

3

4

5
PhD student

Who solves practical problems (equipment, analysis, logistics etc.)? 1
Supervisor

2

3

4

5
PhD student

4

5
PhD student

Thesis
Who decides the contents of the Thesis?
1
Supervisor

2

3

The PhD student can decide the type of thesis (monograph or compilation)? 1
To a low extent

2

3

4

5
to a high extent

The PhD student can decide the length of thesis (number of papers and chapters)? 1
To a low extent

2

3

4

5
to a high extent

How is the research work supposed to be done?
1

2

3

4

Alone

5
together with others

Publicizing/property rights etc
Who has the right to the research results of the PhD student? 1
instit./Univ

2

3
supervisor

4

5
PhD student

Who has the right to publish the research results of the PhD? 1
Supervisor

2

3

4

5
PhD student

Publicizing of the PhD student material is supposed to be done: 1
Together with
the supervisor and
other colleagues

2

3

4

3

4

5
by the PhD student
him/her self

Ethical questions affect the research:
1
To a low extent

2

5
to a high extent

Financing
Who applies for means for running project costs (materials, analysis etc)? 1
Supervisor
/project leader

2

3

4

5
PhD student

Who applies for means to travel, to conferences and workshops etc? 1
2
Supervisor/project leader

3

4

5
PhD student

3

4

5
PhD student
should fix
themselves

Workplace
Access to computer phone fax etc.:
1
Should be at
the workplace

2

The work can temporary be placed on other location (different lab, field studies different city etc)
1
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