Joint supervision and co-supervision of a thesis

Co-supervision of a thesis | Joint supervision of a thesis («cotutelle») | Important information | Recommendations and procedure | Sources of funding (websites in French) | Contact persons in the Faculties | Information concerning the grants awarded by swissuniversities
 

Co-supervision of a thesis

In general, the international relations office of UNIL recommends a co-supervision of a thesis which is less restrictive than a joint supervision. A doctoral student who is co-supervised receives supervision from a UNIL thesis supervisor, in collaboration with a supervisor from another university (both supervisors will be part of the jury). However, only the University of origin will be able to award the doctoral degree. The co-supervision of a thesis does not require the signing of an agreement, nor the enrolment in both institutions.

Interested doctoral students should get in touch directly with the contact persons in the faculties listed below.

Joint supervision of a thesis («cotutelle»)

The joint supervision programme aims to develop scientific cooperation between two institutions encouraging thus the mobility of doctoral students. The particularity of a joint supervision is that a doctoral student carries out the research work under the joint responsibility of two thesis supervisors (one at UNIL and one at an institution abroad, authorized to award doctoral degrees). The thesis is only defended once but gives rise to two diplomas, one from UNIL and one from the partner institution (with the joint supervision mentioned on each diploma). Thus the doctoral student must be enroled at both institutions.

The establishment of a joint supervision arrangement requires the conclusion of an agreement between the two institutions. A joint supervision agreement may be signed with institutions with which UNIL has signed a cooperation agreement. For other universities, applications will be examined on a case by case basis by the concerned faculties. At UNIL, a joint supervision agreement may be signed during the first two years of enrolment as a doctoral student.

Information concerning the procedures to be followed and conditions for concluding a joint supervision agreement are indicated in the document below.

Important information

  • The Faculty of biology and medicine does not encourage the establishment of a joint supervision of thesis, but recommends a co-supervision (Directive 3.11 « co-direction »). It is important to take note of the webpage of the doctoral school of the faculty, where the regulations can be found, and to contact the doctoral school at the following address: phdthesis@unil.ch. 

Recommendations and procedure

Contact persons in the Faculties

For information concerning the requirements for establishing a joint supervision agreement and concerning all aspects related to internal regulations of the faculties (expenses, thesis deposit, colloquium, defense of the thesis, composition of the jury, title of the diploma, requirements in terms of exams, signatures, co-supervision, etc.)

Theology and Sciences of Religions Ms Géraldine Binggeli
Deanship FTSR, UNIL-Chamberonne, Anthropole building, Office ANT-2018, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 27 05
Law School Ms Sabrina Simon
Law School, UNIL-Chamberonne, Internef building, Office NEF-222, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 27 68
Criminal Justice Ms Anne Marville
School of Criminal Justice, Quartier UNIL-Sorge, Batochime building, Office BCH-6302, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 46 00
Public Administration Ms Sandra Felix
IDHEAP, Quartier UNIL-Mouline, IDHEAP building, Office IDP-0208, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 68 13
Faculty of Arts Mr Romain Genet
Deanship Faculty of Arts, UNIL-Chamberonne, Anthropole building, Office ANT-2051, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 28 99
Social and Political Sciences Ms Marianne Von Känel
Deanship Faculty SSP, UNIL-Mouline, Geopolis building, Office GEO-2634, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 31 19/20
Business and Economics (HEC) Ms Natacha Bourakis
Doctoral School HEC, UNIL-Chamberonne, Anthropole building, Office ANT-3035, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 34 51
Geosciences and Environment Ms Joëlle Richard
Deanship FGSE, UNIL-Mouline, Geopolis building, Office GEO-4611, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 62 93
FBM, thesis in Biology / Life Sciences Ms Alexandra Cassoli
Doctoral School, UNIL-Sorge, Amphipôle building, Office POL-305, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 40 00
FBM, thesis in Medicine Ms Alexandra Cassoli
Doctoral School, UNIL-Sorge, Amphipôle building, Office POL-305, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 40 00

 

Information concerning the grants awarded by swissuniversities

France, Italy Mrs Sylvie Kohli
Tel.: +41 21 692 20 24
International Relations Office, Château de Dorigny, CH-1015 Lausanne
Other countries Mr Matthias Buess
Tel.: +41 21 692 20 21
International Relations Office, Château de Dorigny, CH-1015 Lausanne

 

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Select your supervisor

If you are interested in establishing a joint supervision or a co-supervision and wish to be enrolled as a doctoral student, you will have to find a professor (or senior lecturer in certain faculties) who is ready to act as your supervisor. For more information, please click here.

Unicentre - CH-1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 692 11 11
Fax +41 21 692 20 15