Thesis from A to Z

| Getting your PhD off to a good start | Writing Retreat for PhD Candidates | Prepare your thesis defence | Individual advice and counselling | PhD

Getting your PhD off to a good start

Starting an ambitious project like a PhD requires planning, time management, work discipline and a clear mind around goals, expectations, and respective roles between the PhD candidate and the supervisor.

In this half-day workshop, we cover the following topics through short presentations and discussion:

  • The key stages of a doctorate at UNIL and the Code of Practice for the Doctorate.
  • The rights and obligations of doctoral candidates and their supervisors, and the ways in which we can establish effective and adapted communication.
  • The challenges doctoral candidates can encounter, and how to deal with them.
  • Methods for time and task management.
  • Professional paths and futures for doctoral holders (careers within and beyond academia).

Target group: new doctoral candidates (first or second semester) from all faculties

Facilitator: Dr Pauline Fritsch, Graduate Campus

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Writing Retreat for PhD Candidates

Please note that while you are free to write in English, the retreat is held in French.

In collaboration with the HES-SO


A 3-day retreat with full board in a beautiful place that promotes concentration, allowing you to focus on writing your thesis, or a scientific article, or other writing projects.


Up to 21 hours of productive writing in 3 days!


Next retreat: from Thursday, 1st December to Saturday, 3rd December 2022 at Crêt-Bérard between Lausanne and Palézieux.


Inspired by the methods and retreats organised for several years in Canada by " Thèsez-vous ? ", we combine the Pomodoro, SMART-ER goal and Kanban board methods, and boost them with a collective approach to writing.


We take care of everything: accommodation, meals, activities. You focus on your writing goals!


Target group: Considering the limited number of places, priority will be given to PhD candidates at the beginning or end of their thesis who have precise and realistic writing objectives (e.g. writing a section of the thesis project/plan, first version of a thesis chapter, writing the results part of a thesis article, etc.).


Contact: Dr Pauline Fritsch,, 021 692 2129


Registration are open until September 16 here!




Prepare your thesis defence

A one day (9am - 5pm) interactive workshop to help you prepare for your thesis defence, practice your communication skills and get ready to answer questions.

Topics of the workshop:

  • The different expectations between the jury examination (private defence) and the public presentation (public defence)
  • Preparing your presentation
  • Communicating effectively in the context of the defence
  • Preparing for the jury's questions

You will be able to practice your communication skills with a 5-minute presentation of a part of your thesis in the language of your choice (French or English).

Target group: finishing doctoral candidates (2 to 6 months before the defence) from all faculties

Facilitator: Dr Pauline Fritsch, Graduate Campus

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Individual advice and counselling | PhD

Throughout your doctorate, you can contact the Graduate Campus to meet and discuss topics such as:

  • The UNIL code of practice for the doctorate
  • Your role, your rights and obligations, as well as those of your supervisor
  • The annual thesis survey
  • Training workshops available for PhD candidates
  • The resources available in case of problems

Contact: Dr Pauline Fritsch,


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Tel. +41 21 692 21 29
Fax +41 21 692 20 15