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Doctoral Workshops


As future knowledge creators, holders of a doctoral diploma are held to a standard of excellence not only in their research discipline, but also in their skills to create, analyze, motivate, manage, communicate, convince and undertake. With an eye to developing these extra-disciplinary skills, Polytechnique Montréal has chosen to enrich its doctoral training with a series of workshops designed to help students meet the demands of both their doctoral pathyway and their future work situations.

The training will be provided in three steps laid out all along the doctoral process:

  • Step 1 “Toward the Comprehensive Examination”
  • Step 2 “Toward Dissemination and Publication”
  • Step 3 “Toward Defence and Employment”


Starting in the winter 2012 semester, all newly registered doctoral students must complete the four workshop credits for the first step, “Toward the Comprehensive Examination,” as per Article 73 of the Graduate Studies — General Regulations (document available in French only).

CAP7003E Doctoral research strategies in engineering (1 cr.)
CAP7005E Handling of scientific and technical information (1 cr.)
CAP7011E Creative approaches to research  (1 cr.)
CAP7015E Leading a research project (1 cr.)

Each workshop typically consists of four half-day training sessions in small groups, and practice assignments related to the current and future realities of doctoral students. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. Successful completion of these four non-program workshops must be achieved before the end of the fourth semester.

Following this, students who wish to pursue their enriched training are invited to choose from among the other workshops offered. The credits obtained for these workshops are not counted toward the 90 program credits.


Contact Élise Saint-Jacques at ext. 4631.

A Three-Step Process

The workshops will be structured in the form of a three-step microprogram. The doctoral skills certificate will be awarded to students who, beyond the four required credits of Step 1, earn eight additional credits (four credits for each of the subsequent steps).


CAP7003E Doctoral research strategies in engineering (1 cr.)
CAP7005E Handling of scientific and technical information (1 cr.)
CAP7011E Creative approaches to research (1 cr.)
CAP7015E Leading a research project (1 cr.)


CAP7110E Writing science effectively (1cr.)

Workshops in development:
Workshop 5. Scientific communication (organizing ideas, giving a lecture) (1 cr.)
Workshop 6. The art of staying motivated (1 cr.)
Workshop 7. Building Your Career, Building Your Network (1 cr.)


CAP7210E Intellectual property and patent (1 cr.)
CAP7220E Teaching engineering (1 cr.)

Workshops in development:
Workshop 10. Become a technological entrepreneur (1 cr.)
Workshop 11. Innovating Successfully; Learning to Start and to Succeed (1 cr.)
Workshop 12. Effective Communication; Interact with Non-Experts (1 cr.)
Workshop 13. Mobilizing Human, Physical and Financial Resources (1 cr.)

Workshop Terms and Choices

The Study Plan – Doctorate (.pdf) form will help you plan the first four required workshops to take within the first four semesters you are registered. These workshops, denominated CAP7003E, CAP7005E, CAP7011E and CAP7015E, will automatically appear on the study plan of the student. As CAP7001E must be attended during the first semester, it will automatically appear on the student course choice for the first semester. Success in these courses will be noted on the transcript by the rating P.

Presence at all four sessions of a workshop is mandatory to get the credit. Exceptions will not be considered without prior consent of the teacher. The notation for these workshops is "pass" or "fail."

The workshops are subject to the same rules as regular courses with the exception of requests to drop a workshop, which must be adressed directly to the professor or to Élise Saint-Jacques, coordinator. No registration fees are charged for these workshops.


All new students admitted to a doctoral program as of the winter 2012 semester, including those admitted following a change of program, are subject to these new terms. Only students who have already passed the course ING6900 or ING6900E during their Master, may be exempted from the CAP7005 workshop.  The grade “X” for exemption with credit recognition will then be applied.