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Subject-area Board and Supervisors

Subject-area Board

  • Subject-area boards are responsible for the proper execution of Ph.D. programmes and their content. Every Ph.D. programme has its own subject-area board. Members of the board are appointed and removed by the rector.

  • Subject-area boards can make suggestions to be approved by the dean. They communicate with students, supervisors (eventually with consultants), and Faculty executives.

  • The subject-area board examines and approves ISP and its changes. It also annually rates the student's progress in the execution of ISP and approves the change of the topic of the dissertation thesis.

  • If the subject-area board comes to a conclusion that the student does not fulfill their responsibilities as listed in ISP, the dean decides to terminate their study.

  • The subject-area board suggests who is going to be in the examining committee for the state doctoral examination.


  • Supervisor is a researcher or faculty member who, thanks to their specialization and experience, guarantees proper guidance for the whole time of the study.

  • The supervisor and student actively cooperate not only on the concept of the student's dissertation thesis but also on the student's research and specialization..

  • The supervisor helps the student to create an individual study plan (ISP) and forwards it to the subject-area board for approval.

  • The supervisor regularly (at least annually) reviews and assesses the student's ISP in SIS. The supervisor’s assessment is a prerequisite to subject-area board decisions about the annual approval of ISP.

  • In case the supervisor and/or student don't want to cooperate anymore, the student is obliged to find a new supervisor. In case the student is unable to find a suitable candidate, the subject-area board chooses a new supervisor.

  • It is possible to ask for a change of supervisor. In such a case, the student's request must contain the name and signed agreement of the new supervisor.

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