3.2 Program Objectives


The aims of the PhD program are

  • to educate highly qualified researchers in Computational Logic who will further strengthen Europe's leading role in the field,

  • to deepen the doctoral candidates' knowledge and consolidate their comprehension of the field of Computational Logic,

  • to provide the doctoral candidate with the necessary skills to collaborate in an international and intercultural environment, and

  • to advance the state of the art in Computational Logic by facilitating the collaboration between leading institutions through joint PhD projects.

In particular, EPCL doctoral candidates shall be educated and supported to improve and enhance the following skills:

  • to independently plan and conduct scientific research,
  • to further develop a research area by own and original scientific contributions,
  • to prepare and publish the own contributions,
  • to present, discuss and defend the own contributions in front of a scientific community,
  • to further develop mobility,
  • to learn at least two European languages,
  • to further develop international and intercultural understanding,
  • to enrich key qualifications as regards career prospects.

EPCL allows candidates to select between a foundation track and an application oriented track. Candidates following the foundation track should

  • develop a strong personal research network that includes leading international researchers and leading international research institutions,
  • learn how to develop, apply for, and run international foundational research projects with the main career perspective to continue foundational research at international research institutions or universities.

Candidates following the application-oriented track should

  • develop a strong personal research network that includes international enterprises,
  • learn how to develop, apply for and run application-oriented or use-inspired research projects in cooperation with enterprises, with main career perspective to continue application-oriented research at, or in cooperation with enterprises.