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Duration of the programme of study - Doctorate

  • Full time/part time

Students can study:
▪ Full time → Maximum duration of three years
▪ Part-time* → Maximum duration of five years
Duration is calculated from the date of registration in the academic year in which students start their doctoral programme until the day they deposit their doctoral thesis.

If doctoral students register for one academic year on a part-time basis, they will have five years in which to complete their thesis, counting from the date of their first registration in the programme.

First-year doctoral students can apply for part-time status when they make their registration. In this case, when the academic committee decides to admit them, they will also issue a decision of the request for part-time status.
When they do their online registration, they will have to select the full-time or part-time status that has been decided.

All doctoral students other than first-year students can request part-time status according to the corresponding administrative procedure*.

  • Extensions for submitting the thesis

▪ Full-time doctoral students → One more year
→ In exceptional circumstances, one additional year
▪ Part time doctoral students → Two more years
→ In exceptional circumstances, one additional year
  • Temporary leave of absence for personal reasons

Doctoral students can interrupt their studies for a certain period of time
The interruption can be for a maximum of 1 year, which can be extended for 1 more year (see the corresponding administrative procedure).
The period during which students are on a leave of absence is not included in the duration of the thesis.

  • Temporary leave of absence for: illness or pregnancy / maternity or paternity

Doctoral students can interrupt their programme of study for the reasons mentioned by presenting the corresponding justification (see the corresponding administrative process).
The period during which students are on a leave of absence is not included in the duration of the thesis.