The organisation of doctoral-level studies
Doctoral level studies are offered by public and private universities. Doctoral candidates are affiliated to a research unit, a research team or a faculty / institute.
The respective department appoints a research supervisor for each doctoral candidate. Candidates suggest a member of academic staff to act as their research supervisor. The students' choice has to be approved by the postgraduate programmes coordinator. The research supervisor guides the candidates in their research and provides the necessary help and advice. Depending on their previous qualifications, doctoral candidates have to follow compulsory courses.
Many doctoral programmes include practical placements in their curriculum. More precisely, doctoral programmes in applied psychology and in business administration prepare students for their future career by appointing them to specific tasks in the public or in the private sector. In some cases companies fund specific research programmes related to their professional interest.
The average length of a doctoral programme is four years.
For further information visit the Department of Higher and Tertiary Education.