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Aalto ARTS Dissertation Instructions, in force from 1 August 2019 (pdf)


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titleGeneral quality requirements for a dissertation
  • The dissertation shall contain new scientific knowledge in the field it represents. In the field of art and design the dissertation may also contain knowledge and skills for conceiving of methods of artistic creation or of creating products, objects or works that meet high artistic demands.
  • The dissertation shall clearly set forth the new findings.
  • The candidate's own contribution to the research or to the artistic production must be of a sufficient degree and clearly stated.
  • Research methods must meet the standards generally set for research.
  • The conduct of the research must conform to good scientific practice and ethical principles of research.

(Aalto ARTS Dissertation Instructions, 2017)

Types of dissertation

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titleMonograph

An approved doctoral dissertation may be a single study (a monograph) that has not been appeared in a published form in full before. The monograph shall form a coherent entity and be the result of the researcher’s independent work. It may contain references to other publications produced by the author dealing with the same problems.

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  • All doctoral candidates have a supervising professor, who is appointed in the admission decision.
  • In addition candidates have one or two advisors, appointed in the admission decision or at the beginning of studies. The choice of advisors is discussed with the supervising professor, who makes the proposal to the Doctoral Programme Committee.
  • Advisors must have a Doctor's degree. The supervising professor can be appointed as one of the advisorsan advisor. For a justified reason the appointed advisors can be unappointed.
  • AdvisorFor justified reasons advisor(s) can be external.
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    the dissertation includes artistic components, at least one of the thesis advisors must have adequate artistic qualifications and superior knowledge of the field in question. At least one of the advisors must have a doctor’s degree.

Co-supervision

A co-supervisor may be assigned in exceptional cases because of multidisciplinarity of the dissertation (when also the result of the education, i.e. the degree, can be divided) or in internationally jointly supervised dissertations (based on cotutelle agreement).The Dean of the home School decides about the dividing of the degree between the Aalto Schools after which the co-supervisor can be appointed.

The co-supervisor shares with the supervising professor the overall responsibility for the degree of the doctoral candidate and for the related supervision arrangements.

  • of an artistic or practice-based dissertation, a second advisor, who does not hold a doctor’svdegree, can be appointed based on artistic merit or competence in the area of research.



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titleDuties of the supervising professor
  • going through the personal study plan of the doctoral candidate, and following up on the progress of the studies and that of the research work on a regular basis
  • ensuring that the doctoral candidate is aware of the requirements for a doctoral dissertation and of the stages included in the preliminary examination and the public examination of the dissertation
  • making sure that the doctoral candidate makes the necessary corrections proposed to the doctoral dissertation manuscript by the pre-examiner

The supervisor and the advisor(s) shall give a written statement to the Doctoral Programme Committee confirming that the dissertation is ready to be submitted for pre-examination.

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titleDuties of the doctoral candidate
  • preparing, in collaboration with the supervising professor, a personal study plan for doctoral studies at the start of the doctoral studies and updating it as necessary;
  • carrying out research independently and in a self-directed manner in accordance with the research proposal; providing teaching related to the research field and communicating the results of his/her research to others;
  • reporting on the progress of the research to the supervising professor on a regular basis;
  • annually enrolling at the university. The student must be enrolled as an attending student both for the semester during which the dissertation is to be examined and for the semester during which the decision on the degree is to be published

Advising

  • Doctoral candidates should keep a tab of meetings with the advisor(s) and other activities of the advisor & send it to the supervising professor at the end of the year. This short report should list each meeting and their general content and any activities expected of the advisor in between, such as reading and commenting the manuscript.
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titleCo-supervision

A co-supervisor may be assigned in exceptional cases because of multidisciplinarity of the dissertation (when also the result of the education, i.e. the degree, can be divided) or in internationally jointly supervised dissertations (based on cotutelle agreement). By the proposal of the home Department, the Dean of the home School decides about the dividing of the degree between the Aalto Schools after which the co-supervisor can be appointed.

The co-supervisor shares with the supervising professor the overall responsibility for the degree of the doctoral candidate and for the related supervision arrangements.

Supervision Plan

Each doctoral candidate agrees with the supervising professor and the advisor(s) about the respective responsibilities and frequency of reporting in a Supervision plan. Before signing the plan, all parties should discuss their expectations and the terms of the supervision and guidance (frequency of meetings, submission of written work etc.)

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