The PhD program has a duration of 3 academic years, although it is possible to ask for 1 year extension.

Training objectives 

The doctoral programme has the following training objectives:

  • Systematic understanding of the scientific discipline represented by the programme and command of the skills and research methods related to this discipline.
  • The ability to conceive, design, implement and adopt a substantial research process with academic rigour.
  • The production of original research that extends the frontiers of knowledge of this discipline at a level which merits national or international publication.
  • The ability to foster technological progress in the information society in academic and professional contexts.



At the DTIC Phd programm you will carry two types of work: formative activities and research.

Formative activities are those activities aiming to train you of as a researcher. Formative activities might not be directly related to the topic of your PhD. Typical examples of formative activities are: attendance to courses, seminars or conferences, (short or long-term) visits to other reseach labs, article reviewing,... The only compulsory formative activity is attendance to the DTIC Research Seminar.

Besides formative activities you will perform research on a topic under the supervision of your advisor. At the end of the first year, you should have produced a thesis proposal outline that will be defended in front of a committee. The objective of this examination is to evaluate a student's ability to undertake original research at the Ph.D. level. At the end of the third year, your Phd thesis should be finished. It is highly advisable, in view of this time constraints, that you try to identify as soon as possible a suitable Phd topic.

You will record all formative activities undertaken as well as research progress using a software application. Your progress will be evaluated annualy by the Postgraduate Committee. In case of failure you will be reevaluated after 6 months. Negative evaluation will force termination of Phd studies.


Career prospects

Researchers in companies in the field of the information society or academia.

At the DTIC Phd programm you will carry two types of work: formative activities and research.