Joint supervision and co-supervision of a thesis

Co-supervision of a thesis | Joint supervision of a thesis («cotutelle») | Important information | Contact persons
 

Co-supervision of a thesis

A doctoral student who is co-supervised receives supervision from a UNIL thesis supervisor, in collaboration with a Professor from another university (both professors will be part of the jury). However, only the University of origin will be able to award the doctoral degree. Co-supervision of a thesis does not require the signing of an agreement.

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 countries and to encourage mobility among doctoral students. The special feature of a joint supervision is that doctoral students carry out their research work under the joint responsibility of two thesis supervisors (one at the UNIL and one at an institution abroad). The thesis is only defended once but gives rise to two diplomas, one from the UNIL and one from the partner institution (with the joint supervision mentioned on each). It requires the doctoral student to be registered at both institutions.

The setting up of a joint supervision arrangement involves the signing of an agreement between the two institutions. A joint supervision Agreement may be signed with institutions with which the UNIL has signed a cooperation Agreement. For other universities, applications will be examined on a case by case basis by the International Relations Office. At the UNIL, a joint supervision Agreement may be signed during the first two years of registration as a doctoral student.

The signing of a joint supervision Agreement between two Swiss institutions is not possible, since registration at two Swiss universities is not permitted. In this case, co-supervision is suggested.

Information concerning the procedure to be followed and conditions for signing 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. 

Contact persons

Information concerning the requirements for signing a joint supervision agreement, swissuniversities grants, the signing of agreements by the Vice-rector, Prof. Déborah Philippe

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

 

All aspects linked to internal regulations of the faculties (expenses, submission of the thesis, colloquium, defense of the thesis, composition of the jury, title of the diploma, prerequisites in terms of exams, signature of the Dean, 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-4631, CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 30 75
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

 

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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 superviser. For more information, please click here.

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Tel. +41 21 692 11 11
Fax +41 21 692 20 15