The course will last for a maximum of three years, counting from the moment at which you are admitted to the programme to when you defend your doctoral thesis.
However, if you wish, the Academic Committee can authorise part-time dedication. In this case, the course can last for a maximum of five years from the moment at which you are admitted to the programme to when you defend your doctoral thesis.
If full-time students do not submit their application to deposit their thesis before the three-year deadline mentioned above, the academic committee responsible for the programme can authorise an extension for one more year, which in exceptional circumstances can be further extended by an additional year. For the conditions governing these extensions, see the doctoral programme. For part-time students, the extension can be authorised for two more years, and an additional year in exceptional circumstances.
In the calculation of these periods, time off for illness, pregnancy or any other cause envisaged in the current regulations is not taken into account. Documentary proof must be provided to justify any time off.
Likewise, doctoral students can apply for temporary withdrawal from the programme for a maximum of one year, which can be extended to two. The application and justification for temporary withdrawal must be made to the academic committee responsible for the programme.
If doctoral students have their registration cancelled for non-payment or other reasons envisaged in the current regulations, that academic year will not be included in the calculation of the duration of their studies.