Doctoral candidates pursue their own independent scientific research while being supervised by experienced researchers. The quality of this supervision has a direct impact on the success of a doctoral project. Good supervision requires joint project planning including a schedule and concrete milestones, regular supervision meetings, and the integration of the candidate into an adequate scientific environment. The aim is a supervisory relationship that is characterised by trust and that supports the doctoral researcher's academic independence.
At the University of Bremen, the supervision of doctoral theses is regulated by the doctoral regulations(“Promotionsordnung”) of the respective faculties. Additionally, doctoral researchers and supervisors are encouraged to actively discuss and plan their cooperation. BYRD offers various literature recommendations as well as practical guides that can be downloaded directly on this site.
Doctoral candidates are also welcome to register for our individual consultations to discuss their current situation and to receive advice and encouragement on how to improve the collaboration. Furthermore, our workshop program provides support when facing challenges concerning your workflow and motivation, the maybe unknown German academic environment or communication with your supervisor.
Once a year BYRD also offers a workshop on the topic of good supervision for doctoral supervisors.
Resources for doctoral candidates and supervisors
- Qualitätssicherung der Promotion an der Universität Bremen (May 2015, in German)
- "Shaping a Doctorate Together" - Guidelines for Supervisors (3rd edition, 9/2018) © Qualitätszirkel Promotion
- "Shaping a Doctorate Together" - Guidelines for Doctoral Candidates (3rd edition, 9/2018) © Qualitätszirkel Promotion
- Doctoral Supervision. Recommendations and good practice for universities and doctoral supervisors. UniWiND Publications Issue 4 (2015).
- The UCL Good Supervision Guide for new and experienced research supervisors.
- When a Chinese PhD student meets a German supervisor. Tips for PhD beginners. Keshun Zhang & Shuang Song, University of Konstanz, 2016.