Preparation and supervision of Theses
- An academic supervisor shall be appointed for each graduate student at the beginning of joining the program, to guide and help him/her in his/her studies, evaluation of study subject and preparation of the research plan according to rules adopted by the Graduate College Board upon recommendation of the concerned department and the college boards.
- Master theses shall be characterized by novelty and originality; and doctoral theses shall also be characterized by innovation, originality and active contribution to the advancement of knowledge and community service within the framework of national strategy for scientific research.
- Master or doctorate theses shall be written in Arabic or English and may be written in another language and it shall contain an adequate abstract in both Arabic and English.
Teaching and Supervision
- Staff members who teach in graduate programs shall be of Ph.D. holders.
- Theses shall be supervised by professors and associate professors of staff members of the University.
- Assistant professors may supervise master theses if two years were passed since his/her promotion to this title and shall have at least two academic papers (published or accepted for publication) in scientific journals.
- A co-supervisor may be appointed to supervise the thesis from the department or from other departments from inside or outside the university.
- Thesis may be supervised by experienced, competent and highly qualified supervisors without being staff members at the university; provided that the co-supervisors from the university shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the concerned department and college boards and the approval of Graduate College Board.
- A staff member shall supervise to a maximum of (4) students at one time of Applied Sciences students and (8) students for the Humanities. These numbers, in cases of necessity, may be increased to (8) and (12) respectively, upon the recommendation of the concerned department and college boards and the approval of the Graduate College board.
- Staff members from other departments may assist in supervision according to the nature of the thesis, but the main supervisor shall be of the department in which student studies.
- In case of the absence of the supervisor (death, secondament, travel … ) or not being able to continue in the supervision of the thesis, department board shall propose an alternative supervisor to take his place and shall be approved by the concerned College Board and the Graduate College Board within a period not to exceed one month. The contribution of the first supervisor shall be referred to and Graduate College board shall consider the financial incentives of the first supervisor.
- Supervisor shall submit annual report on student’s academic progress.
- Supervisor duties include directing student in his/her research program through fixed and active meetings.
- Supervisor shall address the college/centre concerning the student who proved to be incapable to proceed to the registered degree.
- When a supervisor provides a negative report on the performance of a student, the student shall be warned in writing by the dean of the concerned college and shall be given three months to improve his position, otherwise the registration shall be stopped.
- A recommendation on registration stoppage shall be submitted to the Senate by the dean of the Graduate College in case of two negative reports after the warning.
- Supervisor shall prepare a report on the completeness of the thesis and its suitability for a discussion to the dean of Graduate College in order to complete the procedures decided by the College Board, which includes the identification of the judging panel of the thesis and the date and place of the discussion.