The thesis defense usually takes place between 3-5 years after the enrollment in the doctoral program.
Please carefully read the documents below listing details on the end-of-thesis and defense procedures that vary between universities and faculties.
Thesis defense at the UNIL
Thesis defense at the UNIGE
Template to prepare your thesis title page in doc-format
For your introductory exam, have form filled and signed by the jury and send the original to the secretariat of your faculty after the exam. Jury signatures must be original, no scans or copies are accepted by the faculty! Please send a copy of the filled form to the LNDS coordinator to receive your LNDS thesis number for final manuscript submission.
For the public defense (soutenance de thèse) of students at the Faculty of Sciences or Medicine: have the form filled and signed by the jury and send it to the secretariat of your faculty. Again, only original signatures are accepted, no scans or copies!
For the public defense (soutenance de thèse) of FPSE students: have the form filled and signed by the jury and send it to the secretariat of your faculty. Again, only original signatures are accepted, no scans or copies!
Please find here some more links to Unige websites regarding thesis defense procedures in general, e.g.
Writing a thesis with articles
You can replace the methods and results section of your thesis with articles only if you have at least one article published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Your contribution must be significant for an article to be considered as part of your thesis. Reviews cannot be used to replace any part of your thesis. Each thesis project is different. Sometimes, a chain of experiments leads to a publication in a high-impact journal; sometimes a discovery is dispersed across several publications ....
Please read the document below for more information, but contact to LNDS coordinator to inquire on specific aspects and in case of doubts whether your work is eligible for a thesis based on articles.