3rd Cycle: PhD

The title of Doctor is awarded following the successful defence of a doctoral thesis.

Research for the preparation of a doctoral thesis correspond to at least 180 credits, which are obtained following successful completion of a Master’s degree (300 credits in total with a Bachelor’s). Of the 180 credits PhD, 60 credits must be acquired from a doctoral training programme resulting in a research training certificate.

The  PhD assessment consists of:

  • Writing an original thesis in the discipline, either presenting a personal theory or an experiment supported by a coherent set of publications and achievements of which the candidate is the author or co-author;
  • The public presentation of this work highlighting its qualities, originality and popular science capabilities of the candidate.

Admission onto a programme of studies and work for the preparation of a doctoral thesis is decided by the PhD Admissions Board (CAD). A Thesis Advisory Committee (CAC) is assigned to the PhD candidate upon admission. The thesis supervisor, the CAC and the PhD candidate agree on a doctoral training programme, which is adapted to the PhD candidate’s profile and meets the needs of the research project. The thesis supervisor oversees the PhD candidate’s research for the preparation of a doctoral thesis. The CAC regularly monitors and assesses the PhD candidate’s progress in their research and makes justified recommendations regarding the re-registration of the PhD candidate for the following academic year.

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Discover here an indicative list of research topics available in our Faculty