The Ph.D. program in Computer Science aims to enable a select group of highly qualified candidates to develop research and independent scientific writing abilities at the highest academic level. The program is intended for those who have successfully completed their M.Sc. studies, whether they have since gained practical experience or have just completed their master’s degree. The program endeavors to develop knowledge and understanding in various areas of computer science and to conduct research at the highest standards. Our goal is for graduates of the program to take on significant roles in academia and industry, and for the research conducted by program participants to contribute to the global computer science community.
The program is intended for those holding an M.Sc. in Computer Science as well as those with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Seeking to transfer to a direct Ph.D path during their master’s degree.
The Ph.D. committee will select from the pool of eligible candidates a limited number that will be accepted to be Ph.D students.
As part of his/her application for doctoral studies, the candidate must have the consent of a faculty member from the school that he/she would in principle serve as a doctoral supervisor. It is therefore advisable to contact potential supervisors early on in the process, in order to coordinate mutual expectations.
The duration of the Ph.D. program in Computer Science is individual and variable. It may take up to five years, depending on the amount of time invested by the student, the nature and scope of the research, the program requirements, and so on.
The Ph.D. program is comprised of two stages: Stage 1 includes theoretical studies, the writing of a research proposal, the presentation of preliminary results worthy of academic publication, and the passing of an admissions examination. Stage 2 is dedicated to the continuation of the research and the writing of a dissertation that makes an original and substantial contribution according to accepted standards.
The theoretical studies include an annual research workshop (4 academic credits), advanced elective courses (9 academic credits), a research seminar (3 academic credits), and participation in the departmental seminar in the department colloquium.
After a successful submission of the doctoral dissertation, the student will be required to defend it.
Ph.D. students will receive a scholarship, which will exempt them from tuition. There is a possibility of subsistence funding