Doctoral School Internal Regulations

Internal regulations for the Doctoral School

Please note that only the French version is legally binding.
The regulations are based on the two texts officially approved by the EPFL Direction:
» The Ordinance RS 414.133.2 on the doctorate awarded by the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, dated 26 January 1998 (revised on 1st September 2008) defines the conditions, the procedure and the relevant authority for the conferring of an EPFL doctorate (Art.1, al. 1 of the Ordinance on the doctorate).
» The Directives concerning doctoral studies at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, dated 21st November 2005 (revised on 1st September 2008) define the application of the rules for doctoral studies according to the Ordinance on doctoral studies delivered by EPFL (Art. 1, al. 3 of the Ordinance on the doctorate).
» The Internal Instructions define the administrative processes (Art. 1, al. 2 of the Directives on doctoral studies).
» Doctoral studies take place within the framework of a doctoral program (Art. 3, al. 1 of the Ordinance on doctoral studies).
» Before research work in view of a thesis begins, the doctoral student and his/her thesis director must make sure that nothing will impede its complete publication and distribution (Art.25, al. 3 of the Directives on doctoral studies at the EPFL).
» The theme chosen for a thesis must be part of a scientific discipline or research program ongoing at the EPFL (Art.9 of the Ordinance on the doctorate).
» The thesis director must guide the doctoral student in his/her work and ensure the smooth running of the thesis (Art. 10, al. 1 of the Ordinance on the doctoral studies).
» The doctoral program directors strive to eliminate any important differences of opinion between the doctoral student and his/her thesis director. If no agreement is found, the Vice President for Education has the final decision.
» The Vice President for Education may delegate his tasks to the Doctoral School (Art 1, al. 2 of the Ordinance on doctoral studies).
The doctoral student presents him/herself for the oral examination if, and only if, the minimum number of credits required has been acquired. Ord. Art. 8. al. 1,
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The doctoral student checks and prints the credits register.
The program director signs the results sheet and transmits it to the Doctoral Students’ Office.