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Doctoral Programme in Computer Science and Computer Engineering

A) Organisational principles

The organisation of the doctoral training activities in the DS-CSCE is guided by the following principles:

  • A doctoral education is essentially research-oriented. Thus, the Ph.D. candidate undertakes, as a training core, a research study guided by a supervisor and an advisory committee. A special focus is given on Computer Science and Computer Engineering, without however excluding other research orientations in associated interdisciplinary areas.
  • Formal and informal teaching via seminars, workshops and other course components play an important role in a doctoral education. Ph.D. candidates actively participate in activities such as doctoral seminars, poster presentations, organisation of scientific events.
  • Balance and flexibility guarantee that all Ph.D. candidates can tailor their doctoral training both to their research and personal development needs.

B) Thematic Training linked to Research

Doctoral candidates must follow the thematic training activities of the DS-CSCE which comprise advanced courses, invited lectures, and doctoral seminars. The main focus is on the development of academic, intellectual and technical skills in the areas of Computer Science and Computer Engineering.

Obligatory activities:

It is highly recommended that the doctoral candidates should:

  • Publish their research results in the proceedings of renowned international conferences and colloquiums; 
  • Attend regularly seminars in Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering; 
  • Attend at least two advanced courses to complement their scientific knowledge (at UL or partner institutions);
  • Present yearly a writing progress report to their Ph.D. Advisory Committee.

Elective thematic activities: 

Following activities may complete the scientific training of the doctoral candidates:

  • Book examinations;
  • Courses from the Master in Information and Computer Science (MICS) program or from other suitable curricula at UL, or partnering universities and institutions;
  • Summer- or winter-school-type courses organized by UL, other universities or scientific institutions.

C) Transferable Skills Training

Transferable skills exceed the thematic topic of the doctorate and are applicable in a wider professional context.

Elective activities:

  • Self management: planning and organization independent working;
  • Writing a scientific publication or a grant application;
  • Presentation of scientific results (“Giving a scientific talk”);
  • Mathematical writing skills for computer scientists;
  • Entrepreneurship workshops, visits of companies;
  • Career development (presentation of a CV, preparation of a job application interview etc.);
  • Language courses.

D) Training Objectives

The overall objective of the doctoral training activities is to enable the doctoral candidates to acquire both academic and personal skills including:

  • Intellectual, academic and technical skills;
  • Relational skills;
  • Self management skills;
  • Leadership and management.

E) Learning Outcomes

  • Rigorous scientific inquiry skills;
  • Ability to search for original approaches and solutions;
  • Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research;
  • Foster high quality research results;
  • Ability to teach and to communicate with target groups, as part of the skill set required for the personal career development.