To earn a PhD degree and adhere to the high quality requirements at the Graduate School, students must:
1. Select a Topic
The dissertation topic is selected by the PhD candidate and the PhD candidate's supervisor. A co-supervisor is selected from among faculty members at the LIT | AI Lab in order to complement the supervisor's expertise.
2. Proficiency Examination
After the first year of the program, the PhD candidate is required to pass a proficiency exam. The PhD candidate will be required to write a summary report about the first year of the program and, in front of a committee of Graduate School faculty members, outline concrete plans for the dissertation. The committee of three Graduate School faculty members will evaluate the report and presentation.
3. Mid-Term Evaluations
After each year of the program, the PhD candidate is required to report on the current status of his/her PhD work to a committee comprised of two faculty members.
One year before the planned submission of the dissertation, the PhD candidate will be asked to talk about his/her current contributions to the JKU Computer Science faculty by giving a short report and an overview presentation. A committee of three JKU faculty members will evaluate the presentation.
5. Oral Defense
The PhD candidate's work is to be defended. A committee will be formed in accordance with the guidelines at the JKU Linz and the guidelines at the Department of Computer Science.