Undertaking Doctoral Studies in Engineering in Québec

Do you want to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in engineering? Would you like to work in research and development in the business world? Or are you planning a career in academic research?  The doctoral studies program of the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) will more than satisfy your desires.

ÉTS is located in the heart of downtown Montréal, a multicultural metropolis, where there are high concentrations of businesses and researchers in the areas of aerospace, artificial intelligence, health technologies and information and communications technologies.

Do you hold a master’s (M1 or M2) or an equivalent diploma with experience in research? Do you want to continue your academic studies? Discover the different options offered by ÉTS:

At ÉTS, we’re recognized for our applied engineering, that is to say, we’re trying to solve the real-world problems of industry. Our doctoral program is no exception to the rule. Through its “Applied Research” profile, the ÉTS Ph.D. includes a strengthened research component while complying with the more traditional standards of the doctorate.

In this program you will be able to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of engineering, while acquiring superior abilities in synthesis, innovation and technical objectivity. You will become researchers on which industry can really count.

The doctoral program calls on the expertise of professors from various ÉTS departments and covers the whole of their areas of research. Combining scientific skills and work experience in an industrial environment, these professors work at the cutting edge of research and technology transfer: the vast majority of them have worked in industry before joining ÉTS and more than 60% of their research is carried out in partnership with businesses. 

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Would you like to participate in a scientific cooperation between North American and French research teams? The joint supervision doctorate, a Ph.D. program carried out under the supervision of two directors, one from ÉTS and the other from France, might be for you.

About Joint Supervision

The joint supervision of dissertations aims to promote the mobility of doctoral students by developing scientific cooperation between research teams from France and Canada.

By completing a Ph.D. under joint supervision, you will perform your work under the guidance of a thesis director from each of the two countries concerned. The two thesis directors undertake to fully exercise the function of tutoring you. Their responsibilities are therefore exercised jointly.

At the end of your joint supervision studies, you will receive two diplomas (a French Doctorate and a Québec Ph.D.) on which it will be highlighted that the diplomas were obtained under joint supervision, mentioning the name of the other institution.

Eligibility Criteria for Joint Supervision

Program Plan and Timetable

You and your research directors must prepare a proposal for a joint supervision Agreement which includes your Program Plan (courses, seminars, comprehensive exam, etc.). The plan indicates the respective activities to be done at each institution and the planned schedule for each. The program plan and schedule must be approved by the Director of the Doctoral Program in Engineering.
 

Four rules must be respected: 

  • Your project must meet the objectives and requirements of the program of studies;
  • You must pass a comprehensive exam or its equivalent;
  • If you are granted equivalences, they must respect the France-Québec agreement on the recognition of diplomas;
  • The presentation of the dissertation and the evaluation procedure must conform to the rules in force at ÉTS. Any derogation must be approved in advance by the ÉTS Décanat des études (Dean of Studies).

A framework agreement between the institutions can relax the conditions governing the conduct of the thesis. 
 

Collaboration Between Departments

The joint supervision must result from a previously established collaboration between the departments, research groups or programs concerned or between the two research directors. You will need to submit, attached to the Agreement:

  • An institutional protocol between the departments, research groups or programs concerned of the two institutions;
    OR
  • A letter attesting to the joint research activities of the two directors. These activities must have been the subject of grants wherein the two researchers are mentioned or scientific publications where the two directors of research are co-authors.

How the Joint Supervision Doctorate Works

Specific Conditions

You must be officially admitted to ÉTS with an application filed at the Office of the Registrar. In addition, you must meet the requirements of Québec’s ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (the education ministry) for foreign students and must therefore present a visa, a Quebec acceptance certificate (a “CAQ”) and a proof of insurance (sickness and hospitalization) valid for the duration of your stay.

If these documents expire during your studies, you will have to present the same again before re-enrolling.
 

Sharing of Time between the Two Educational Institutions

Your period of residence as a Ph.D. student at ÉTS must be at least one third of the total duration of your doctoral training.  As joint supervision is based on a duration of four years, you must be at ÉTS at least four semesters full time (whether consecutive or not). You will therefore need to share your stays half and half.

You must be registered full time without interruption at both ÉTS and in France. When you are not in Québec, you must ensure that your ÉTS registration is completed in due form at the beginning of each term. You will not be billed for this registration.
 

The Joint Supervision Agreement

You must fill in the joint supervision agreement form (in French) and then have the content validated by the Décanat des études (the Dean of Studies office – see Ms. Ninon Leduc) and by the Director of the Doctoral Program in Engineering before proceeding with final printing and signatures (see the "Procedural Guide (Procédurier)” – in French).

The signature of the Program Director on the Joint Supervision Agreement means that you are unconditionally admitted to the program, that the program of studies is approved and that you and your directors of research agree to assume the costs incurred.

The Joint Supervision Agreement must be filed in six (6) originals copies with the Dean of Studies (to the attention of Ms. Ninon Leduc) preferably before the end of the first session of registration. It must include at least the signatures of the doctoral student, the ÉTS research director and the Director of the ÉTS PhD program. The Dean’s office takes charge of obtaining the signature of the Director of Academic Affairs.
 

Evaluation of a Joint Supervision Doctorate

You will work under the guidance of two directors of research (one in France, the other at ÉTS) and you will need to complete the requirements of the two PhD programs, including the educational activities and the comprehensive exam. You are also required to comply with the academic regulations in force at the two institutions.

You will write a single dissertation which will lead to a single defence in France or in Québec.

The dissertation jury will be composed of five (5) examiners from France and Québec: the two directors of research, a member of each institution empowered to examine theses, and a member from outside the two establishments, chosen jointly.
 

Payment of Tuition Fees and Travel

You must pay the ÉTS tuition fees for each semester you are at ÉTS. Given that tuition fees in France are paid annually, it can happen that, for a semester you will spend at ÉTS, tuition fees have already been paid in France. In this case, in accordance with the framework agreement for joint supervision, the French institution will credit you the portion paid in France; it will be up to you, if applicable, to take the necessary steps.

You must be able to defray the costs of transport and lodgings caused by your annual travel as well as the costs of the thesis defence (travel and accommodations - for at least two members of the jury). ÉTS does not pay any costs of a joint supervision program. 

This program is directed to students who are Mexican citizens and doctoral candidates in engineering, wishing to undertake doctoral studies at ÉTS. These studies lead to the degree of Ph.D.

Description of the program

CONACYT and ÉTS have established a joint funding program (CONACETS) allowing Mexican doctoral candidates in engineering to undertake doctoral studies at ÉTS leading to the degree of Ph.D. This program allows you to cover the cost of tuition fees and the payment of two fixed amounts for the costs of lodgings and health insurance. The amount relating to the cost of lodgings is paid to the student in the form of a monthly allowance. 

Language skills

The research work, the drafting of reports, writing course exams and the drafting of the thesis can be done in English or in French. Candidates eligible for the CONACYT fellowships program must demonstrate an adequate mastery of French or English in compliance with the ÉTS language policy and the criteria established by CONACYT.

Admission Criteria

Candidates wishing to undertake their doctoral studies at ÉTS must follow the admission process described in the following paragraphs. 

The candidate must in particular meet the criteria for obtaining a CONACYT scholarship as well as the admission requirements to the ÉTS Ph.D. program

Steps in the admission process

  • Read the description of the doctoral program in engineering at ÉTS.

  • Familiarize yourself with the domains of research at ÉTS and the expertise of the faculty through our search engine. If you find a professor who could act as your thesis director, you can get in touch with him or her. If you don’t know which professor to contact, or if you are not certain that the subject of your research is covered by an ÉTS professor, send an email to the Program Director.  
     
  • At the time of making your request for admission online, you must have chosen a professor who agrees to be your thesis director.
     
  • Important:
    • Indicate on the admission application that you are requesting a CONACYT grant.
    • You must submit your grant application to CONACYT as soon as you receive your response of official admission to the ÉTS Ph. D. (the letter of admission is essential to apply for the grant).
       
  • The ÉTS Doctoral Studies Committee will evaluate the candidates from Mexico who are eligible for a CONACYT grant.
     
  • As soon as your application is accepted by the Committee, the Office of the Registrar will send you a letter of admission.
     
  • An information kit on your reception, residences, administrative services and medical insurance will accompany this letter.
     
  • After having received the letter confirming your final admission to the CONACYT grant program as well as the letter of admission to ÉTS, you will need to submit requests for authorization of entry and residence to the governments of Canada and Québec.
     
  • After that, you will need to contact your future thesis director in order to agree on the following details of your ÉTS registration before your arrival:
    • Choice of courses;
    • Final choice of the research topic;
    • Other questions related to your academic studies.
       
  • Upon arrival in Montreal, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar. You will then meet your thesis director who will assist you with the administrative processes of your registration at the beginning of the semester.
     
  • The Dean of Studies will organize individual and group meetings at the beginning of the semester to explain to you: 
    • The phases of your program;
    • The administrative rules and regulations;
    • The success factors of your program.
       

Additional financial support 

Additional financial support can be offered to doctoral students who, under the supervision of a professor and a thesis director, perform laboratory supervision work or accept teaching loads. 

Career perspectives 

If this program is completed within the period of time required, the student will receive a Doctoral degree which will meet the highest Canadian standards in the field of higher education. 

ÉTS Ph.D. graduates, thanks to their theoretical and practical training in engineering, have access to very high level jobs in industrial research, within high-technology companies or in the teaching and research milieu in applied sciences. 

Many foreign students, having obtained an ÉTS doctorate degree in engineering, obtain positions of responsibility within government departments, research laboratories and private companies dedicated to scientific research and experimental development in their countries of origin. 

A constantly increasing number of them choose to pursue their academic or scientist career in Canada or elsewhere across the world. 

In short, the ÉTS doctoral degree in engineering is a passport to the world of technology.

This program is directed to students who are Mexican citizens and doctoral candidates in engineering, wishing to undertake doctoral studies at ÉTS. These studies lead to the degree of Ph.D.

Description of the program

CONACYT and ÉTS have established a joint funding program (CONACETS) allowing Mexican doctoral candidates in engineering to undertake doctoral studies at ÉTS leading to the degree of Ph.D. This program allows you to cover the cost of tuition fees and the payment of two fixed amounts for the costs of lodgings and health insurance. The amount relating to the cost of lodgings is paid to the student in the form of a monthly allowance. 

Language skills

The research work, the drafting of reports, writing course exams and the drafting of the thesis can be done in English or in French. Candidates eligible for the CONACYT fellowships program must demonstrate an adequate mastery of French or English in compliance with the ÉTS language policy and the criteria established by CONACYT.

Admission Criteria

Candidates wishing to undertake their doctoral studies at ÉTS must follow the admission process described in the following paragraphs. 

The candidate must in particular meet the criteria for obtaining a CONACYT scholarship as well as the admission requirements to the ÉTS Ph.D. program

Steps in the admission process

  • Read the description of the doctoral program in engineering at ÉTS.

  • Familiarize yourself with the domains of research at ÉTS and the expertise of the faculty through our search engine. If you find a professor who could act as your thesis director, you can get in touch with him or her. If you don’t know which professor to contact, or if you are not certain that the subject of your research is covered by an ÉTS professor, send an email to the Program Director.  
     
  • At the time of making your request for admission online, you must have chosen a professor who agrees to be your thesis director.
     
  • Important:
    • Indicate on the admission application that you are requesting a CONACYT grant.
    • You must submit your grant application to CONACYT as soon as you receive your response of official admission to the ÉTS Ph. D. (the letter of admission is essential to apply for the grant).
       
  • The ÉTS Doctoral Studies Committee will evaluate the candidates from Mexico who are eligible for a CONACYT grant.
     
  • As soon as your application is accepted by the Committee, the Office of the Registrar will send you a letter of admission.
     
  • An information kit on your reception, residences, administrative services and medical insurance will accompany this letter.
     
  • After having received the letter confirming your final admission to the CONACYT grant program as well as the letter of admission to ÉTS, you will need to submit requests for authorization of entry and residence to the governments of Canada and Québec.
     
  • After that, you will need to contact your future thesis director in order to agree on the following details of your ÉTS registration before your arrival:
    • Choice of courses;
    • Final choice of the research topic;
    • Other questions related to your academic studies.
       
  • Upon arrival in Montreal, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar. You will then meet your thesis director who will assist you with the administrative processes of your registration at the beginning of the semester.
     
  • The Dean of Studies will organize individual and group meetings at the beginning of the semester to explain to you: 
    • The phases of your program;
    • The administrative rules and regulations;
    • The success factors of your program.
       

Additional financial support 

Additional financial support can be offered to doctoral students who, under the supervision of a professor and a thesis director, perform laboratory supervision work or accept teaching loads. 

Career perspectives 

If this program is completed within the period of time required, the student will receive a Doctoral degree which will meet the highest Canadian standards in the field of higher education. 

ÉTS Ph.D. graduates, thanks to their theoretical and practical training in engineering, have access to very high level jobs in industrial research, within high-technology companies or in the teaching and research milieu in applied sciences. 

Many foreign students, having obtained an ÉTS doctorate degree in engineering, obtain positions of responsibility within government departments, research laboratories and private companies dedicated to scientific research and experimental development in their countries of origin. 

A constantly increasing number of them choose to pursue their academic or scientist career in Canada or elsewhere across the world. 

In short, the ÉTS doctoral degree in engineering is a passport to the world of technology.

International Students in Montréal and at ETS
Greater Montréal is home to more than 30,000 foreign students at the
post-secondary level, nearly 80% of the
Québec total
At ÉTS, 25% of graduate students are women
More than 60% of ÉTS graduate students come from outside Canada