Can the second supervisor belong to a different faculty / university?

Yes, external second supervisors must hold a comparable qualification and position as internal second supervisors and hold the right to confer doctorates at their home institution.
Full contact details for the external second supervisor must be specified in the Doctoral Agreement (connection to their university, postal and email addresses).

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How long can a supervisor who is either in retirement or now employed at a different university continue to supervise dissertations?

Emeritus professors cannot supervise new doctorates after they have left the University. Their right to examine and confer doctoral degrees also ceases after three years.

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What is a Doctoral Committee?

Every doctorate is supported by a Doctoral Committee. This committee usually consists of a first and second supervisor but can also include a third person. The first supervisor is primarily responsible for making sure that the doctoral project is conducted correctly and that suitable supervision is provided. The Doctoral Committee defines the curriculum-based courses to be completed and provides the doctoral candidate with feedback on the quality and progress of his or her work during regular supervisory meetings. All members of the Doctoral Committee produce an independent, graded evaluation report on the dissertation submitted.

The members of the Doctoral Committee are entered on the cover page of the Doctoral Agreement.
The Doctoral Agreement is signed by the first supervisor and the…

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When is the deadline for nominating a Doctoral Committee?

The first supervisor must be appointed when the application for admission to a doctorate is submitted. The application to act as first supervisor must be submitted to the Student Administration Office together with the application for admission. Ideally, all other supervisors should be appointed by the time the doctorate begins. However, the Doctoral Committee must be named and appointed by the Doctoral Board at the latest 12 months after the start of the doctorate.

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Who can serve as a supervisor on the Doctoral Committee?

Any Group I professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Basel can serve as first supervisor.

Members of Group II (assistant professors without tenure track, honorary professors who hold a doctorate, and private lecturers with a postdoctoral qualification from the faculty) can serve as first supervisor provided the second supervisor is a Group I professor. In this case, the second supervisor must be named in the first supervisor’s application when the application for admission to a doctorate is submitted. Upon request to the Doctoral Board – the Doctoral Agreement shall suffice in this case – honorary professors from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences who hold a doctorate and Group I members from a different faculty at the University of Basel…

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