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Last update: 2 December 2021

This page provides additional information, which applies exclusively to doctoral candidates. For general information about health, safety, exams, remote teaching and learning, student residences, services and facilities etc., please refer to the other FAQ sections.

Will the PhD requirements be more flexible?

Besides the general rules and requirements on a central level, your doctoral programme might have additional and specific requirements. Any requirement to be fulfilled within your doctoral programme should be discussed with your supervisor and the doctoral programme coordinator. There should be a flexible way to adapt to any restrictions, which are linked to the Covid-19-situation, for example if you cannot go to a planned conference etc. Please contact the Office of Doctoral Studies (BED) in case you encounter difficulties.

I am a PhD student. How will the participation in transferable skills courses (at the University or elsewhere) be recognised by the University?

The course administration/teacher should provide a certificate at the end of the course (as it is always the case for courses held at the University) or as alternatively a proof of registration and attendance (e.g. email). Please make sure to submit the certificate to the secretary of your doctoral school for recognition

May the deadline for submission of the thesis be extended during the pandemic?

Prolongations beyond 48 months require a formal procedure, which has been approved by the government through an annexe to the Règlement des études. This annexe allows for a period of suspension of the doctoral studies (up to one semester/6 months), in order to compensate the time loss during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Until the end of the year 2021 it is still possible to send requests for suspensions to the Office of doctoral studies.

A communication was sent to all supervisors and doctoral candidates on 27 May 2020, which explains the procedure ; an update was sent on 30 June 2021. More information is also available on Moodle .

In case you need more information, please contact

I am a PHD student and my defence is coming up. What do I do?

Please refer to the guidelines.