PhD/Continuing Education

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Continuing Education UNIL-EPFL

Alongside its traditional teaching and research activities, the UNIL is committed to meeting the growing needs of adults already engaged in professional activity. Continuing education at university level gives individuals the chance to update their previous studies, broaden their knowledge or change their career path. The Continuing Education UNIL-EPFL offers 12 Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS), 5 Diplomas of Advanced Studies (DAS), and 45 Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS).


Doctorate at the UNIL

The Doctorate covers the doctoral training period in the strict sense. It includes two phases, the first oriented towards a broadening of knowledge and scientific methods and the acquisition of research skills through insertion in a research team, the second devoted to writing and defending a thesis. Both phases combine an element of training and an element of intellectual development.

The University of Lausanne awards 26 different doctoral qualifications in its seven faculties (see list below). The doctoral thesis, the final stage of university training, reflects the acquisition of advanced professional skills in the field of research. Over a period of from three to five years, generally on a full-time basis, writing of the thesis and doctoral training allow students to specialise in one of the University’s research fields.

To register for a doctorate at the UNIL, candidates must obtain the approval of a professor prepared to supervise their work (according to procedures in force in each faculty) and satisfy the registration conditions of the UNIL.

Conditions and deadlines for registration as a doctoral student at the UNIL

See the Graduate Campus' website for more information regarding doctorates. 


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Last updated: 25 July 2023

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