The goal of the admissions interview is to provide the selection committee with the necessary information to establish if the candidate will be able to successfully conduct research at the heart of the VAS Doctoral School, based on the candidate’s acquired knowledge and ability to successfully integrate into the laboratories, notably :
• the quality of methodological and scientific training
• the quality of previously completed research
• ideas concerning the potential of the thesis profile chosen by the candidate
• compatibility between education and training and the chosen profiles
• personal motivation and professional goals
The admissions interview lasts 25 minutes and consists of the following :
• the candidate introduces him/herself and presents his/her Master’s research project (7 minutes)
• the candidate explains his/her motivation and his/her conception of future thesis work for the preferred research profile
A video projector (for PowerPoint presentations) and a white board will be available for candidate use. Time management is essential and candidates will be cut off if they go beyond the allotted 13 minutes. The remaining 12 minutes consist of a question/answer session with the selection committee.
An email confirming the summons to attend the admissions interview will be sent to each selected candidate.
This summons should in no way be misconstrued as an obligation to attend and the VAS Doctoral School is not responsible for any costs accrued as a result of the admissions interview.
The selection committee, made up of multiple sub-committees, is provided with the following :
• candidate’s complete application
• the list of the candidate’s two chosen thesis profiles (1st and 2nd choice); questioning will only concern the candidate’s preferred profile
• the grade given by the preselection committee
After the interviews, the selection committee will rank all of the candidates (without possibility for ties).