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PhD CYCLE

Ph.D. at UFRD-SIA and URFD-MIBA is now divided into three levels: the first-year doctorate D1, the second-year doctorate D2, and the third-year doctorate D3 grouped into two phases. It is a 3 years program but a fourth-year can be granted following a request addressed to the Rector of the University of Yaoundé 1. Going beyond 4 years requires a special dispensation by the Rector of the University of Yaoundé 1, authorizing the defense of the thesis.

The training leading to a Ph.D. degree includes 180 credits. It is divided into two phases as follows: A first phase of 60 credits which includes practically the first two years of doctorate D1 and D2.

The first year of doctorate D1 is divided into three semesters during which three modules are delivered :

  • Research Methodology courses with two Teaching Units for a total of 12 credits
  • Theoretical courses with two teaching units for a total of 12 credits
  • Doctoral seminars with 3 seminars of 6 credits per doctoral student, for a total of 18 credits
  • The student can then begin the second year of the D2 (Doctorate 2), consisting of the general synthesis exam and attendance at seminars and conferences.

  • In the first semester of the second year, a comprehensive general examination is organized, comprising 3 teaching units of 6 credits each, for a total of 18 credits.
  • Communications and conferences presented either by higher-ranking lecturers, business leaders or any resourceful person. The presence of Ph.D. students is mandatory.
  • The progress of the work presented by doctoral students before a jury during doctoral meetings.

In all cases, the doctoral student is required to participate effectively in at least two doctoral seminars each year.

We, therefore, have for this first phase a total of 60 credits.

After validation of this first phase, the doctoral student is authorized to continue the second phase.

Second phase of 120 credits

This phase comprises 2 semesters with essentially

  • In the first semester, the final drafting of the results obtained in the form of a thesis document.
  • In the second semester, the briefing in the form of a presentation, of thesis work before a limited panel of the Laboratory in the presence of thesis supervisors.
  • Submission of the thesis defense application file.
  • Defense of the Ph.D. thesis

The CRFD/STG is made up of five research and training units each headed by a coordinator. Each unit has a number of laboratories managed by research teams

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