Doctoral supervisors have a crucial role to play in the success of research students. While there are important regulations that you need to understand, we acknowledge that there is no single ‘correct’ way to supervise. These pages provide guidance for you at each stage of the doctoral supervision journey. They include resources, with tips from other supervisors, to help you as you work with your research students, and self-reflection for you to consider how to further your knowledge of the role of supervisors within a research-led university and the pedagogy of supervision.
Recruitment and selection
Guidance and resources to support you in recruiting a doctoral student, including sourcing funding, deciding on a supervisory team, arrangements for interviews and sample interview questions and selection activities.
Settling in and getting started
Guidance and resources to help you prepare your student for doctoral study, including preparing for your student’s arrival, establishing the relationship and setting expectations, managing the research project, with tips from experienced supervisors.
Supporting your student
Guidance and resources for supervisors on the additional support available to doctoral students, reflecting that a research degree is a very different proposition to that previously experienced when studying for an undergraduate or a master's degree.
Skills and career development
Guidance to help supervisors support the personal and professional career development of their doctoral students, including expectations of the supervisor, training resources available to students, and advice from experienced supervisors.
Guidance and resources covering the responsibilities of the supervisor, how the viva examination is conducted at Bath and how to prepare your student for their viva, including explaining the purpose of the viva and demystifying the viva process.
Guidance, information and support for supervisors on dealing with problems arising in the supervisory relationship, including the responsibility of supervisors in dealing with issues and challenges and tips from experienced supervisors.