European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

Evaluation of the European/International Joint Ph.D. Thesis

The thesis is comprised of two texts:

 1. the full version written in a national language of the country where the doctoral candidate is pursuing his/her thesis or preferably in English  (or French, upon authorisation of the Executive Committee);

2. the shorter version in English in a form ready to be submitted to a journal of international standing. The format for this part of the thesis is further detailed in the 'Notes for Contributors' drawn from the European Journal of Social Psychology. The shorter version written in English (or French, upon authorisation of the Executive Committee) must be in a format that is ready to be submitted to important international journals by the International Evaluation Board of the Final Jury. In alternative to the ‘conventional’ Thesis format, Research Trainees can adopt the ‘three papers’ PhD thesis format. A short guide introducing this format is available at: link

Following a multi-step evaluation process by the main tutor and the two co-tutors and upon admission by two external experts to the thesis defence, the International  Final Jury will evaluate the thesis (see Final Jury section).

The criteria to evaluate the thesis are as follows:

  • Relevance of the chosen subject and its originality, clarity of the research hypothesisPertinence and breadth of literature to which reference is made;
  • Correctness of the methodology and interpretative tools employed;
  • Adequacy of the analysis and clarity in interpreting the data according the proposed synthesis;
  • The pioneering aspect of the study and its potential for future development;
  • Reference to the dissertation process: the autonomy of the doctoral candidate in the management of the complexities of the thesis, the time taken, etc.