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ithin the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the doctorate is defined by the Landscape Decree as a postgraduate university diploma leading to the academic grade of "doctor", and delivered after the defence of a thesis.

Although the official duration of the PhD is three years (180 credits), the thesis work actually represents four years of full-time work (on average) as a researcher: in total, 48 months of exploration and deepening of the job of researcher !

A three-part programme

The doctoral challenge is broken down into three parts:

1. The doctoral training (60 credits)

It is validated by a certificate in research training. This certificate gives a high scientific and professional qualification and highlights the skills acquired during the thesis, including the ability to carry out research and develop one's employability.

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2. The drafting of individual and original research

It may take the form of a dissertation in the discipline or of an essay demonstrating the coherence of a set of scientific publications ("article-based thesis") of which the doctoral student is the author or co-author (depending on the regulations of the doctoral college of the field considered, include the link to the doctoral college pages).

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3. The thesis defence

The public presentation of this work (the "thesis defence") highlighting its qualities, its originality as well as the candidate's capabilities in scientific popularisation.

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Overview of thesis defences

After years of doctoral training, the oral examination, which is the thesis defence, enables PhDs in the making to speak to an audience and a jury of specialists. The opportunity to address with them a few topics addressed at the University of Liège.

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