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Assessing a PhD topic in applied sciences

A lot at stake with a Ph. D.

For a company about to invest in a Ph. D. with a university or public laboratory, the question arises as to how to ensure that the project defined with the academic partner(s) will provide the maximum benefit for the time and money that will be invested?


Conversely, a student preparing to embark on a doctoral work in applied science, proposed by a university laboratory in partnership with a company, must determine whether the subject proposed balances properly the academic and application aspects.


Time and money are scarce resources, as are doctoral candidates! 

Therefore, it is of great importance for all parties involved in a doctoral project and for society as a whole that doctoral subjects are very well developed before the work begins:

  • Doctoral students: to better prepare their doctoral project, better define their contributions and better negotiate their project
  • Companies: to adapt their project to their needs, propose excellent topics to attract quality profiles, make the most of their academic partners in this long-term project
  • Laboratories and research teams: to improve the quality of the proposed projects, to develop the team's attractiveness for students
  • Society as a whole: to achieve better results for the money and talents invested

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Going beyond the reputation of the academic institution

The relevance of the application

You want the spin-offs of your work to be as important as possible. 

Once they are clarified, just make sure that’s really what you need or what you want to accomplish.



The new scientific knowledge

Before a PhD work starts, everyone involved in the project should be able to state in one sentence the contribution to the progress of knowledge that the PhD intends to produce. Usually such contribution is a modest addition to scientific knowledge but nevertheless it should be clear to everyone involved in the project. 



An indicative test 

We propose here a n indicative test to assess whether the scientific contribution expected from the thesis has been isolated, and whether its articulation with the targeted applications is explained.

We do not claim to provide a method for providing an exhaustive answer to the question of the quality of a Ph. D. subject, but rather an effective and simple indicator to detect a need to rework certain aspects of the project.



Want to learn more about this approach?

Go to our blog on this subject.

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We can help you

Students

Feel like taking a step back before committing 3 to 5 years of your life with a strong influence on all your professional life?


Companies

Feel like making sure you have optimized the subject to get the most of your investment?

Want an advice on how your PhD subject ranks in this approach? 

Want some good questions suggestions to help define your project better?


We cover all applied sciences. We do not cover basic science (physics, astronomy, human sciences, history, etc.).


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