Many factors can influence the conditions in which your doctorate will unfold. A good relationship with your supervisor, clear and realistic goals, time management and work discipline are among the most important factors.
The Graduate Campus offer a workshop "Getting your thesis off to a good start" covering all these topics.
You can also find useful information and tips in our guide of the same name, available as a PDF below, or as a paperback (just email us to request your copy).
More useful information and tips can be found in the following brochure from ACIDUL, the Association of Mid-level staff and PhD Students of UNIL: