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On-line course: Supervision of doctoral theses

The process of doing a doctoral thesis requires the student a continuous effort that is often full of difficulties, as evidenced by the high drop-out rate. The role of supervision from both the tutor and the supervisor is essential to ensure that the doctoral student succeeds. In spite of this, there is no specific training on how to respond and face the difficulties that usually occur in this process.


  • To understand the different factors that hinder the process of a doctoral thesis.

  • To understand the main competencies that the novice researcher must develop and the most usual incidents related to each of these competencies.

  • To gain awareness of the different profiles that the supervisor can adopt and their effects.

  • To acquire and practice coping strategies to face the most frequent difficulties and incidences that occur in the supervision of doctoral theses.

Resources: on-line course


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