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Doctoral dissertation organisation

In France, a doctorate is a research training course, leading, for successful students, to the highest university degree. It is prepared in three years or more, depending on the subject, after achieving a French master's degree or equivalent. 

 Preparing a doctorate is a challenging task, involving high-level scientific research.


Doctoral dissertation follow-up

Throughout his/ her doctoral studies, the doctoral student is supervised by his/her supervisor, with whom he/ she discusses the orientations and progress of the research conducted. Regularly, the doctoral student may have to present his/ her work in the laboratory and report on his/ her research. Every year, when re-enroling, the doctoral student is informed that he/ she will have to write a report on their dissertation follow up and to draw up a list of his/ her potential publications.

Doctoral training

The doctoral student has to follow a training programme of 120 hours at least during his/ her doctorate studies. Training modules are divided between:

  • scientific courses in the doctoral student’s research speciality,
  • courses other than the doctoral speciality chosen by the doctoral student according to his/ her needs, in compliance with the doctoral school framework,
  • training courses designed for starting a professional career.
To obtain authorisation to defend the doctoral dissertation, these courses must be validated.

Doctoral dissertation defence (viva)

The research work conducted is validated by the dissertation, followed by a viva in front of a jury composed of teachers-researchers and experts in the discipline, allowing the doctoral student to obtain the grade of Doctor. In general, the doctoral dissertation is defended after 3 years of preparation, except in the case of waivers or special situations.


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