Details about the programme

Supervision of PhD students

  • The thesis comittee : The progress of your PhD thesis is monitored by your thesis committee, which meets every 12 months. This committee consists of your supervisor and one or two other researchers. These latter may already have their own PhD students, be young researchers who are familiarising themselves with the supervision of PhD students, or researchers working in a relevant era who are external to PSE.
    The role of the thesis committee is to ensure that you have fulfilled all of your obligations with respect to Masters courses, Advanced PhD Conferences, seminars and working groups, and encourage the integration of your research work into the scientific landscape of and out of PSE.
  • the pre-defence jury : the pre-defence is organised by your PhD supervisor, and typically takes place six months before the actual defence. The pre-defence allows the entirety of the thesis to be examined behind closed doors by the designated members of the jury. The student then prepares a revised version of the thesis taking into account the suggestions made by the jury; this new version may be pre-defended a second time or be submitted for the actual PhD defence itself.
  • the PhD Training Council : once a year, the directors of the research centres and Graduate programmes examine all of the dossiers regarding students who have been registered in the PhD programme for three or more years. This Council co-ordinates PhD Student Research Support and helps students to finish their PhD work, while ensuring that the quality of the research is compatible with the APE PhD programme.

There are a number of seminars which are specifically aimed at PhD students, where they can present their work relatively informally and discuss their work with other researchers (both from PSE and research visitors).


International Partners

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  • European Doctorate in Economics Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM)
  • Programme doctoral européen en économie quantitative (EDP) [see the dedicated brochure]
  • Economic Behavior and Interaction Models (EBIM)
  • Policy Design and Evaluation Research in Developing Countries (PODER)
  • Quantitative Economics Doctorate (QED)

>> More information: see the “International Partners” page