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The Project Supervisor

Once you have decided to do a project and settled on a topic, you need to find a supervisor.

Find a supervisor

From the employee list, the people holding the following positions can be project supervisors:

  • Professors (though not visiting professors)
  • Associate professors
  • Assistant professors
  • Post docs (Also industrial Post docs)
  • Research assistants
  • PhD fellows (though not visiting PhDs)
  • Heads of Departments
  • External lecturers (part-time lecturers and teachers) Note: This applies only to elective projects 

You can see the employee list for the different departments at ITU here:

Business IT Department
Computer Science Department 
Digital Design Department 

When you have found a possible supervisor, you need to contact this person to have a talk about your first ideas for the project, so you can decide if a collaboration is a good idea and if it is possible.

Please be aware of the specific rules as described below, when deciding on a supervisor.


External lecturers (part-time lecturers and teachers) employed at ITU cannot supervise on Bachelor projects or Theses. All supervisors must be employed full-time as ITU researchers.


The process of finding a supervisor involves submitting a list of up to three potential supervisors in a prioritized order. The Head of Programme and the Head of Department will then allocate a supervisor based on your wishes and on the availability of the supervisors in question. Getting your first priority is not a guarantee.

For GBI and DIM
Be aware that you will only be allocated a supervisor when writing in the Spring semester. If you write in the Autumn semester, you will have to find a supervisor yourself.
For the allocation the deadline for filling out the prioritized list of three potential supervisors is October 13.

To be announced

You will receive information about your allocated supervisor in November. 

Ahead of the allocation process, you will receive an e-mail telling you how to submit your wishes.

Individual projects / elective projects

External lecturers (part-time lecturers and teachers) employed at ITU can supervise all elective projects without need of approval.

Supervisors who are not employed at ITU / External Lecturers

If you want a supervisor who is not already employed at ITU for an elective project, you can apply to have him or her approved by the Board of Studies, using the ‘application form for an external supervisor’. The supervisor and all project members must sign the application.

The deadline for application is Monday in week 4 and 34 for the spring and autumn semesters respectively.

Hours of supervision

Bachelor / Final Report:
15 hours

30 hours (15 extra hours of supervision are given at both the second and third examination attempt for the thesis)

Elective projects:
7,5 ETCS and 15 ECTS: 5 and 10 hours respectively.

The number of hours given is per project. They include the supervisor's preparation and meetings with the student(s); including the exam. However, you should always discuss mutual expectations for the supervision sessions with your supervisor.

If you cannot find a supervisor for your project

If you need inspiration or you just haven’t been able to find a supervisor you think would make a match, you can try to reach out to your Head of Programme for suggestions. You can also look at the pages about Finding a supervisor in the Study and Career Guidance section for inspiration.

Changing supervisor after the project period has started

You can change the supervisor for your project after the project period has started if you can make an agreement with a new supervisor to supervise for the rest of the project period.

In order to change the supervisor, you must:

  • talk to the current supervisor about the change as soon as possible.
  • write to and cc the new supervisor to inform Student Affairs and Programmes about the change.

If the current supervisor has already supervised a part of the project, Student Affairs and Programmes will, in agreement with both supervisors, divide the remaining supervision between the current and the new supervisor, so that the remaining percentage of supervision is allocated to the new supervisor. The new supervisor will become the "main supervisor" and the current will be the "co-supervisor".