EDMS Annual report

+ 10 months max. after matriculation

Throughout the doctoral thesis work and starting at the submission of the documents for the candidacy exam, PhD students are obliged to submit an annual report that is signed by themselves, their thesis director, their co-director if applicable, as well as by their mentor.

+ 24 months max. after matriculation

Submission of the 2nd year annual progress report to the doctoral program office. Prior to this, meeting with his/her PhD program representative to briefly discuss the work progress and to have the report signed.

at the latest 30 months after matriculation

No later than within six months after the second annual report, the thesis committee reconvenes for a mid-­thesis advisory meeting (i.e. not another examination) consisting of a written progress report (e.g. annual report, incl. at least two pages on future directions) and a 20‐30 minute presentation followed by a discussion. This committee is chaired by the jury president and should include at least the thesis director / co-director, the internal expert and the mentor. External expert(s) can also be invited but their presence is not mandatory. If the student and/or the thesis director want to invite additional or other external experts, this is possible.

Advisory follow-up by thesis committee (mid-thesis advisory reunion with the thesis committee)

EDMS directive – July 7, 2017

1. No later than within 6 months after the second Annual Report, the thesis committee reconvenes for a mid-thesis advisory meeting (i.e. not another examination) consisting of:

  • A written progress report
    (e.g. annual report, incl. at least 2 pages on future directions)
  • A 20-30 minute presentation followed by a discussion.

2. This committee is chaired by the jury president of the candidacy exam and includes:

  • The thesis director/co-director
  • The internal expert and
  • The mentor
  • External expert(s) can also be invited, but their presence is not mandatory
  • If the student and/or the thesis director would like to invite additional or other external experts, this is possible

+ 36 months max. after matriculation

Submission of the 3rd year annual progress report to the doctoral program office. Prior to this, meeting with his/her PhD program representative to briefly discuss the work progress and to have the report signed.