Structure of the Ph.D. degree course The Ph.D. degree course at the University of St.Gallen is comprised of coursework, the research stage and graduation. Coursework Your coursework encompasses at least eight and a maximum of 36 credits, depending on the programme Research proposal: evidence of the thesis objective, methodological approach and preliminary research work Colloquium on the research proposal: the thesis project and reasons for the approach are presented Length: courses and research proposal within four semesters Research stage Seminars: thesis-related seminars and thesis colloquia with a maximum of 24 credits, depending on the programme Doctoral thesis: must be an independent research project in which the doctoral student demonstrates his or her in-depth expertise and a grasp of scientific methods. A cumulative thesis is also possible, whereby the student should take account varying requirements depending on the programme. Defence of thesis: to demonstrate that the requirements of the doctoral thesis have been met Length: within six semesters after completing the coursework stage Graduation The Senate awards you the title of Doctor once you have passed the examinations and your doctoral thesis has been accepted. The President of the university presents the Doctoral title at a ceremony. Attendance is mandatory. The graduation ceremony takes place on the first day of the semester. The next graduation ceremony: 20 February 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the Aula A detailed description of doctoral degrees is listed in the Award Regulations for Doctor's Degrees at the HSG (Art. 65). Once you have received your Ph. D. certificate you are officially permitted to bear the title accordingly.