4 elements for your definite admission to your thesis
What is the candidacy exam?
The candidacy exam reviews your Research plan and your general ability to complete a doctoral degree. It is a private (closed session) oral exam of around one hour, 20-25 minutes of presentation, with an additional Q&A session and deliberation. The jury’s decision (pass or fail) will be notified to you at the end of the exam.
Who organizes it?
Who are the members of the jury?
The jury is composed of at least 3 members of the EPFL teaching body:
What should I do if I am not ready to undertake the candidacy exam?
What happens if I fail?
In the situation that you fail the candidacy exam, you will have one opportunity to retake it within three months after your first attempt (maximum 15 months after your official immatriculation date). If you fail the second attempt, the doctoral school will exmatriculate you and it will be the end of your PhD studies.
What happens next?
What documents must I prepare for the candidacy exam?
The candidacy exam proposal form.
Prepare and print your proposal form cover page through your IS-Academia portal (thesis)
- The Research Plan. Prepare and print your research plan cover page through your IS-Academia portal (thesis). The Research Plan has to be sent to your jury members around 15 days before your candidacy exam.
What documents do I need to send after the candidacy exam ?
Thanks for sending an electronic version of your final Research plan AFTER your exam to the administrator of your doctoral program.
Thanks for sending the first page of your Research plan with the signatures to the administrator of your doctoral program (even in case of failure on the first attempt)