The doctoral studies have a maximum duration of three years studying full-time or five years studying part-time, counting from the doctoral student's admission to the programme until their presentation of the doctoral thesis. Maternity or paternity leave and long-term sick leave that the programme's Academic Committee considers appropriate is not included when calculating this period.
However, the Academic Committee may authorize an extension of this time by the maximum periods stipulated in the relevant legislation, and under the conditions established by the relevant doctoral programme.
An activity report is personalized for each student after enrolment on the programme. This document contains all the activities established by the Academic Committee for the doctoral student's development.
Before the end of the first year, students must submit a research plan that includes the methodology used and the objectives that they wish to achieve, together with the means and timeframe for producing the thesis.
Each year, the programme's Academic Committee assesses each doctoral student's research plan and activity report, together with the reports issued by the tutor, thesis supervisor and the other members of the doctoral thesis committee. A favourable assessment of the plan is an essential requirement for continuing on the programme.