First phase: thesis thematic & research plan
The purpose of this Phase is to provide the student with enough time to
a) enrich and deepen his knowledge in the research area of his choice, and
b) identify his research subject and plan the work he will carry our during Phase 2.
Phase 1 lasts at most 24 months and concludes with the presentation of the student’s thesis proposal. This document serves as a scientific contract between the student on one side, and the advisor and the Doctoral commission on the other. The curriculum is based on three parts, namely (1) a custom program of courses, seminars and projects, (2) the critical reading exam, and (3) the thesis proposal.