Milestones of the thesis procedure

For PhDs enrolled in autumn 2016 or before | 1: Enrol | 2: 1st year | 3: 2.5 years | 4: Education Program is over (ECTS) | 5: Thesis submission | 6: Private exam | 7: Public exam | 8: Thesis deposit | How to write your thesis?
 

For PhDs enrolled in autumn 2016 or before

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Milestones for the programs:

  • Life Science without a study option
  • Life Science with a study option in : Cardiovascular and Metabolism (CVM), Ecology and Evolution (EE), Integrated Experimental & Computational Biology (IECB) and Microbial Sciences (MS).

For the Program in Life Sciences with a study option in Cancer and Immunology (CI):

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1: Enrol

As described here.
The student remains enroled as PhD student during the whole procedure (including the deposit of the thesis to the BCU, see point 8) and pays the correspondent bi-annual taxes to the Admission Service.

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2: 1st year

After the first year, the following documents must be forwarded to the Doctoral School:

  • The thesis committee composition;
  • The first year report (a short report, one page A4);
  • The documents related to the doctoral program - with a minimum of 4 ECTS (including 2 tutorials) or according to the specific requirements of the program with a study option

If you are enroled in the Life Science program: use check-list 1 and forward all the documents to the Thesis Office.

If you are enroled in a program with a study option (CVM, EE, MS, IECB), forward to the:
-Thesis Office, the thesis committe composition and the first year report only.
-Program Coordinator, all the documents related to the PhD program (ECTS).

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3: 2.5 years

The half-term exam must be presented at the latest 2.5 years after the official enrolment. During this exam, the student presents the advancement of his research in front of the thesis committee. 

The PhD student with the thesis director(s) and Committee members choose an examination date.

At least 15 days before the mid-thesis exam, the PhD students forwards to the Doctoral School:

  • The mid-term report, presenting the results and the work progress (max. 20 pages, double-spaced, 30 references) that should be sent as well to the thesis Committee members.
  • The "Confirmation of the thesis Committee composition" provided at the end of the first year by the Doctoral school. This document should mention the date, hour and place of the exam.

For the details (exam duration, format of the report...), check our Guidelines for the PhD in Life Sciences, page 2, section "Evaluation intermédiaire".

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4: Education Program is over (ECTS)

Program requirements: minimum 12 ECTS, according to the specific requirements of the program with or without a study option. Please forward the documents for validation of courses at any time during your thesis but at the latest 4 weeks before the deposit of the thesis manuscript to the Thesis Office (=manuscript for the oral private exam).
Please, forward these documents to your coordinator and use Check-list n°2.

Should you have any queries on the requirements of the program in which you are enrolled, contact your program coordinator.

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5: Thesis submission

The PhD student should submit his manuscript and other documents at least 5 weeks before the private exam. He uses the following checklist.


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6: Private exam

The PhD student defends orally the thesis work in front of a jury, the president and the thesis director (and co-director, if any). For the details, see our Rules, Article 16, page 10
or in English for foreigners, page 6

 

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7: Public exam

At least 3 weeks after the private exam. The public exam is a presentation of the thesis work adapted to the general public: usually, it is done in French (or in English for foreigners, page 7) and using non-technical vocabulary. For the details, see our Rules, Article 17, page 11.

If the PhD student is successful, the President gives the Imprimatur to the student and announces the results to the Doctoral School.

 

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8: Thesis deposit

After receiving the Imprimatur, and at the latest six month after the public defense, the student deposits the final thesis copies, according to the Appendix V (p.17) of our Rules ("Règlement pour l'obtention du grade de docteur ès sciences de la vie") and Appendix III of our Guidelines ("Directives pour le Doctorat ès sciences de la vie") or in English for foreigners, page 8-9.

 

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How to write your thesis?

See our Rules, annex 4 and 5 and our Directives, annex 3 or in English for foreigners.

This is the model of the first page of your thesis.

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Only regulatory texts are authentic.
All titles and functions may apply to both men and women.

   

Milestones
For PhDs who enrolled BEFORE Spring 2017

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Thesis Office
Doctoral School FBM
Amphipôle
Office 324
UNIL-Sorge
Dorigny
Email
 

Annual report
At the end of each year, the PhD student forwards to the Doctoral School a report, signed by the director and himself.

ECTS requirements
Please forward the documents for validation of courses at any time to your Program Coordinators.
Mail and E-mail adresses: click here.

AmphipĂ´le - Bureau 304 - CH-1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 692 40 01
Fax +41 21 692 40 05