Key elements for PhDs

THe PhD projects within IDS-FunMat have a common general scheme, and a number of compulsory elements which are called Deliverables. The PhD candidates must fulfill all Deliverables before submitting and defending their PhD theses. The rights and obligations of candidates are defined in a Doctoral Candidate Agreement, signed by the candidate, the supervisors, and the coordinator of IDS-FunMat.

The common elements of all projects are:

  • international and intersectoral mobility: each project is co-supervised by two universities from different countries (see under Partners), and the candidate must spend at least 6 months in each university. Most projects also have an industry partner, and interaction and collaboration with industry is a requirement.
  • the duration of the PhD projects should be three years, and the maximum is four years. (note that the ERASMUS MUNDUS sholarships are limited to 3 years, with additional limitations for stays in third countries)
  • an annual joint training school must be attended by all candidates. This school lasts 5-6 days, and covers both scientific training and ’transferable skills’ such as Project Management, Intellectual Property Rights, Presentation Techniques etc.
  • an annual lab seminar and short written report must be prepared
  • each candidate must submit one or more scientific publications in referereed journals
  • participation in an international scientific conference with an oral or poster presentation by the candidate

In addition, some of our our partners have local requirements, such as participation in certain lecture courses or exams during the first year of the thesis.

The PhD degree is finally obtained with submission of a thesis, and an oral defense before a committee, both in English language. Successful candidates will obtain a double PhD degree from both supervising universities.