PhD program

IMPORTANT : 

All the up-to-date informations about Ph.D. programm is available only in French on the Intranet (section Études supérieures - graduate studies) of the Physics Department. Use your favorite translator on-line to know what to do in your Ph.D. You will find informations about supervising commitee, predoc, calendar, important steps, on-line forms, thesis.

Progression of the Ph.D. program


Plan de formation (to be filled with your supervisor)

Right from the start of the first term, the student and his/her supervisor should start filling together the plan de formation (in French only... for now) which defines the research project at large and more importantly the conditions in which the research work is going to be done. The use of the plan de formation is on a voluntary basis (for now) and must be perceived as a managing tool to help the student in his/her progression during his/her Ph.D. program. At the end of the first term, the student should be in a good position to fill most of the answers to the questions raised in this document. We suggest that the student uses this document to plan the various training required for the research project and important steps in the program, and eventually as a basis for the discussions with the supervising committee (comité de suivi). 

Versions (in French only... for now):

Regular Ph.D.

Ph.D. with 120 credits (from bachelor to Ph.D. directly) - to come

Direct upgrade to Ph.D. (from M.Sc. to Ph.D. without master thesis) - to come


Note: Some Ph.D. students may be interested to participate in an additional formation in the framework of the microprogramme de 3ième cycle en enrichissement des compétences de recherche (a program targeting the improvement of communication skills, developing new approaches in research, understanding better the research and development job market, etc.). This 15 credit program is offered by the CUEFR. See their most recent schedule announcement (annonce des activités pédagogiques de ce programme).


Version française ICI.


Guide des Règles facultaires pour les étudiantes et étudiants de deuxième et troisième cycles (INTRANET)


The regular Ph.D. program requires you to obtain 90 credits distributed as follows :

Courses (6 credits)

Two (2) courses in the list below are required to get the Ph.D. degree. The student must decide together with the supervisor which courses are best adapted (or required) for the needs of the research project and the career plans. 
PHY 723  Physique des micro et nanostructures (pas disponible)
PHY 724  Physique mésoscopique (Hiver)
PHY 732  Information quantique théorique (Hiver)
PHY 740 Symétries brisées et états cohérents de la matière (Hiver)
PHY 760 Méthodes expérimentales en physique du solide (Hiver)
PHY 889 Sujets de pointe I (à confirmer : annonce)             
PHY 839 Sujets de pointe II (à confirmer : annonce)
PHY 840  Sujets de pointe III (à confirmer : annonce)
PHY 878 Systèmes quantiques fortement corrélés (à confirmer : annonce)
PHY 892  Problèmes à «N» corps (à confirmer : annonce)
SUMMER SCHOOLS in PHYSICS :
You can get equivalence credits for your participation at ONE summer school (or anything equivalent), as long as such an equivalence can be recognized (certified) by the organizing party (usually a Physics department affiliated to a University): often, such equivalence is mentioned in the summer school's web pages. In general, these summer schools are intensive two (2) to four (4) weeks period during which the student attends courses on a specialized topic. Most of the times, these summer schools allow the student to obtain (only) two (2) credits. It is strongly suggested that the student makes sure to verify that the credits for the targeted summer school will be recognized by our program before the registration to avoid bad surprises. In your transcripts, the summer school will appear as a 2 OR 3 credits activity (PHY 854 to 857 below). In order to complete the activities of the summer school with only 2 credits, the student will be asked to present orally a summary of the content of the summer school and any specialized topics attended during the school. The presentation will be evaluated by the supervisor and the supervising committee (comité de suivi) for the registered PHY 851 academic activity below giving the missing 1 credit. The result of the evaluation (R: réussite, E: échec) must be transmitted to the program managing secretary (Gilbert Vachon).
PHY 854 Sujets spécialisés en physique I (2 crédits)
PHY 855 Sujets spécialisés en physique II (3 crédits)
PHY 856 Sujets spécialisés en physique III (3 crédits)
PHY 857 Sujets spécialisés en physique IV (3 crédits)
PHY 851 Conférence étudiante en physique (1 crédit)

 

Mandatory academic activites (84 credits)

There are seven (7) mandatory academic activities to obtain the Ph.D. degree. These activities are usually done in the following order: 
PHY 860

Activités de recherche 1 (16 credits)

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the first(1) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

To obtain the credits for this activity, you will be required to meet your supervising committee and present your planned research project defined with your supervisor. A form (in French) presenting quickly the outcome of this meeting must be filled and hand over to the program managing secretary (Gilbert Vachon) to confirm the result of this meeting (and getting the 16 credits).

   Report on the meeting with the supervising committee (in French)- to be filled by the student and the supervisor

​   Comités de suivi

PHY 896 

Examen général (7 credits) - Qualifier Exam

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the third (3) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

This "predoc exam" seeks to determine if the Ph.D. candidate possesses the general and specific qualifications required to drive an original and important research projects. This step is normally done as soon as possible during the first year of the program. The format of the examination is the following: the supervising committee submits a written statement of research questions of interest, usually targeting a hot research topic in the field of the student (condensed matter or quantum information), without being directly related to his/her research project. The subject (and questions) will test the student's bibliographic research skills on a specialized topic in Physics, explaining the results and interpretations, while preserving a critical point of view over the results. The student will be required to produce a written report, an original composition, within three (3) weeks after the statement submittal by the supervising committee and present orally the subject of the work one (1) week later. 

   Formulaire de formation du jury pour examen général (INTRANET) - to be filled by the supervisor and the supervising committee (président-rapporteur)

   Rapport pour l'examen général - to be filled by the président-rapporteur of the supervising committee

   Règles pour l'examen général - general rules (in French) for the qualifier

​   Comités de suivi

 

PHY 811

Séminaire (2 credits)

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the fourth (4) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

During the period of time when you will meet with the supervising committee for the first time (previous academic activity), you must present orally the subject of your research project and its orientations in front of all your colleagues (students, research associates, professors,...) of the department of Physics. Preferrably, this talk should be presented BEFORE the first meeting with the supervising committee. You should make sure that all the members of your supervising committee will be present to evaluate your talk: the student must also confirm with the seminar scheduler (P. Fournier) for the availability of the seminar period targeted (see seminar web page). You should register to this academic activity during the same term as PHY 860.

   Grille d'évaluation pour le séminaire - Evaluation table in French only (for now)

​   Comités de suivi

 

PHY 861

Activités de recherche 2 (16 credits)

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the fourth(4) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

To obtain the credits for this activity, you will be required to meet your supervising committee and present the progress of your research project and the results so far. A form (in French) presenting quickly the outcome of this meeting must be filled and hand over to the program managing secretary (Gilbert Vachon) to confirm the result of this meeting (and getting the 16 credits).

    Report on the meeting with the supervising committee (in French)- to be filled by the student and the supervisor

​    Comités de suivi

 

PHY 862

Activités de recherche 3 (16 credits)

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the seventh(7) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

The student should register normally to this activity during the term preceding the redaction of his/her thesis. This last part of your research activities should be concluded with a last meeting with the supervising committee in order to get an overview of the results of the project and to fix a thesis writing schedule. A report form (in French) summarizing the discussions between the committee and the student should be transmitted to the program managing secretary (Gilbert Vachon) to confirm the success of the activity.

    Formulaire de rapport des rencontres de comité de suivi - to be filled by the student and the supervisor

​    Comités de suivi

PHY 812 

Séminaire (2 credits)

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the tenth (10) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

Each Ph.D. student should present a part of or the full results of their research activities at a national or an international conference in Physics gathering many experts in the field of his/her research work. This should be an oral presentation. The preparation before the talk as well as the performance of the students during the talk should be evaluated: if nobody can evaluate the talk, only the preparation and a presentation during a group meeting will be evaluated, as long as the talk at the conference is presented afterwards. Since there is sometimes only a limited number of oral contributions in a conference, the student may be allowed to present a poster. In this special case, the supervising committee (and especially the supervisor) should arrange with an international expert in the field who is attending the meeting to visit the poster and evaluate the work of the students (quality of the research and the poster presentation). The result of the evaluation should be transmitted to the program managing secretary (Gilbert Vachon) to confirm the success of the activity.

PHY 899

Thèse (25 credits)

The student will be registered automatically to this academic activity for the seventeenth (17) term, except if he/she had registered in a previous term.

The student should register to this activity when it is decided (student, supervisor, supervising committee) that the time has come to write the thesis. The professors on the supervising committee will be the jury members (comité de lecture). An external jury member will also be appointed.  

Below : various rules and forms, in French, on the thesis writing process.

    Procedures for thesis submittal (INTRANET - French) and Rules for writing the thesis (INTRANET - French) - read thoroughly... : if you use the LaTeX template above, the signature from the "conseiller" is not required (the director of graduate studies will sign). Otherwise, the "conseiller" (Gilbert Vachon) will confirm that the format of the thesis follows the requirements of the Faculty and the Department. 

    LaTeX templates (Zip file that will download automatically)

    Final thesis submittal (informations in French only... for now)

    Rules for writing an article-based thesis (INTRANET - French: see second part of the page) - your supervising committee must approve and inform the director of graduate studies (Fournier) about your intention to write an article-based thesis. A form must be filled and submitted to the Faculty Graduate Studies Council.

    Rules for writing a thesis in English (INTRANET - French: see Article 7 in the second part of the document) - you must receive a special permission from the comité des études supérieures facultaires (Faculty Graduate Studies Council) to allow you to completely write a thesis in English. A formal written request must be presented by the supervisor to the director of Graduate Studies of the department who will forward it with comments to the Faculty vice-dean Research office. Generally, this authorization is approved for students who do not write in French. Right from the beginning of the Ph.D. studies, the student and his/her supervisor should indicate to the Faculty (via the director of Graduate Studies) that the student is likely going to write the thesis in English. 

     Jury formation for the thesis examination (INTRANET - French) - to be filled by the supervisor and the supervising committee (président-rapporteur)

​     Comités de suivi