Through the Wallonia-Europe Academy, the University of Liege organises PhD tests in several scientific disciplines. The terms of organising the PhD courses within the Academy are set out in the general regulations in accordance with the provisions taken on by the decree of 31st March 2004 of the Government of the French Community.
One or several Doctoral colleges may be set up within each Faculty, Institute and School of the University of Liege where PhD studies are offered. Each College is linked to a scientific discipline.
The role of the Doctoral colleges is to organise and manage these studies at the level of the corresponding discipline. The College is in particular in charge of:
During the preparation of their thesis and unless otherwise motivated by the college, the applicants must acquire a PhD training certificate. The Thematic Doctoral Schools focus on a discipline or theme of the departments of various universities. They aim at promoting research in their sector, and possibly in inter-disciplinarity.
Each thematic doctoral school may propose a programme of PhD level classes (classes organised in various universities). The Doctoral College may set up the student’s PhD training programme on the basis of these thematic doctoral schools. These programmes offer a sufficiently wide range of possibilities, even though the College remains free to set up its own programme in accordance with the student’s profile.
Prior to the registration, the Doctoral College receives written confirmation from a lecturer or a doctor of the ULg that the latter agrees to supervise the student. At the latest within the month following the admission of the student, the College offers to appoint this promoter officially. The College also proposes to the Faculty Council to set up a thesis committee, made up of at least three members, and chaired by the promoter.
The thesis committee advises the applicant in preparing and drafting his/her dissertation. It meets with the applicant at least once a year, and for the first time, at least six months after the decision of the college to admit the applicant. During these meetings, the applicant presents the state of progress of his/her dissertation and receives the advice of the committee. Each year, the thesis committee draws up a memo setting out the state of progress of the thesis, the schedule of work for the following year and gives its opinion to the college on the continuation of the studies.
When justified by the state of progress of the thesis, and upon proposal from the college and opinion from the promoter and thesis committee, the thesis jury is set up, generally made up of at least five members, of which one is from outside the University.
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