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Changes Doctoral Regulations 1 Sept 2022

We would like to inform you about some important changes in the Doctoral Regulations that were adopted by the Doctorate Board and that will take effect per 1 September 2022. The published text of the new Doctoral Regulations (NL/UK) can be found on the website of the Twente Graduate School. The most important changes are:

  • There is a minimum of 2 (co)-supervisors – derived from the 4-eyes principle and a maximum of 4 (co)-supervisors (was 3) (Article 4 and 34.2).
  • Provision for examiners to attend the defence online (Article 37.6).
  • Provision for having a defence fully online, or elsewhere (Article 36.2).
  • Procedure for changing (co)-supervisors (Article 24.4 and 28.2, see also Annex 2, Article 24).
  • Time between publication of an article and its incorporation in a PhD thesis can be 7 years (was 5) due to unexpected delays (Article 11.3).
  • How to deal with PhD candidates who already obtained a doctorate degree (Article 2.4).
  • The birthdate and birthplace of the candidate needs not to be mentioned on the title pages anymore; but it will continue to be mentioned on the diploma (Annex 4, Article 40.1).
  • Dedicated mailboxes for requests to:
    - Doctorate Board (doctorateboard@utwente.nl):
      exemptions / deviations from the Doctoral regulations;
    - Doctorate Board Support Office (promoties@utwente.nl):
      regarding regular procedures (Article 2.7).

 Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.


Kind regards,

Prof. dr. Ariana Need

Dean Twente Graduate School