Welcome to the website of the Doctoral School ABIES (Agriculture Food Biology Environment Health)
English (United Kingdom)Español(Spanish Formal International)French (Fr)????????

Thesis supervision

Supervision during the thesis period

The duration of a PhD for applicants who are not in a professional activity at the same time as the thesis is three years. Re-enrolment for a fourth year is contingent upon justification by the Thesis Director and the head of the research unit, the opinion of the individual monitoring committee and a clear indication of how the year will be funded.

The Thesis Director, the hosting team and the doctoral school are jointly responsible for the thesis work supervision.

Organizing an Individual Monitoring Committee is compulsory and the Thesis Director must propose one to reinforce the management of the doctoral candidate within the first three months of thesis. This Committee, composed of at least two external members and an ABIES adviser, should first meet within six months after the start of the thesis and then yearly to discuss the progress of the work as well as to integrate the doctoral candidate within a wider framework than that of the hosting team. The Committee will encourage the doctoral candidate to engage in scientific exchanges and will offer reflective criticism and advice for the proper running of his/her work.

A report written by the ABIES adviser will be uploaded by the doctoral candidate on his/her ADUM profile. The report is compulsory to re-enrol. The doctoral candidate must reenrol every university year and pay registration fees once he/she gets the favourable opinion of the thesis director and the doctoral school.

Management and supervision during the thesis period are determining factors for the quality of the research work. For this reason, it is recommended that those in charge limit the number of doctoral candidates under their supervision so as to assure a real supervision of all their doctoral candidates. At ABIES, thesis directors are not allowed to supervise more than 5 doctoral candidates representing at most 300% of total thesis direction (co-direction accounts for 50%).

The Thesis Charter is recognized as being the warrantor of the rights and duties of all those involved in the doctoral study.

Thesis Charter

A Thesis Charter is set up in all establishments of higher education delivering doctoral degrees. It is electronically signed by the doctoral candidate and the thesis director.

It is a contract establishing each person's rights and duties and aims at clarifying the responsibilities of all involved.

Every establishment affiliated with ABIES has a Thesis Charter that can be downloaded here.