Can the Doctoral Agreement be modified?

Yes, the Doctoral Agreement can be adapted during the doctorate to reflect changes in circumstances. If changes are made to the general framework defined on the cover page, a copy of the updated Doctoral Agreement must be submitted to the Doctoral Board.
In the event of a conflict, doctoral students and supervisors can refer to the faculty’s Doctoral Board (see also “How can Doctoral Agreements be dissolved?”).

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How can Doctoral Agreements be dissolved?

The Doctoral Agreement can be dissolved by mutual consent at any time before the student registers for the doctoral examination. In the event of a conflict, if the doctoral student does not fulfill the required academic achievements stipulated in the Individual Plan of Study and meeting minutes, or if the student’s performance has proved unsatisfactory, both parties may apply to the Doctoral Board for mediation. The Doctoral Board shall attempt to find a solution that satisfies all parties.
If either party fails to comply with crucial aspects of the agreement, they will be given six months in which to improve. If they fail to improve or a satisfactory solution cannot be found, either party may dissolve the Doctoral Agreement. This will be performed by the faculty.

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How is the Individual Plan of Study completed?

Provided the Doctoral Agreement has been concluded, the Individual Plan of Study will be discussed with the first supervisor during the first semester. All academic achievements that have been defined as compulsory will be entered in the study plan at this point. All other academic achievements throughout the doctoral training will be gradually added and confirmed with the supervisor’s signature once completed successfully (see «Earning credit points». Individual academic achievements will only be signed off by the supervisor once complete.
The first supervisor confirms that the doctoral student has completed all training required to register for the doctoral examination. The student must provide the original copy of the completed Individual Plan of Study to the Student Administration…

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What is a Doctoral Agreement and what is its purpose?

The Doctoral Agreement supports and guides the optimal configuration and supervision of the doctorate.

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When must the Doctoral Agreement be concluded?

The Doctoral Agreement must be concluded between the doctoral student and the first supervisor or the Doctoral Committee during the first semester of the doctorate. The form should be completed electronically wherever possible and printed out before being signed. The original is kept by the doctoral students, and a copy must be deposited with the Student Administration Services of the Dean’s Office. The first supervisor should also keep a copy.
If the Doctoral Committee is not nominated within the first semester, it must be appointed at the latest 12 months after the start of the doctorate. A copy of the updated cover page must be provided to the Student Administration Services of the Dean’s Office (by post or email to Hildegard.Raeuber@clutterunibas.ch).
The Doctoral Agreement should be…

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