The only studies during which the student is paid like an employee

The PhD candidate must benefit from a work contract attached to the funding of his/her thesis subject. The usual duration is 36 months (3 years). In France there has been a special legal form for this since 2009: the higher education establishment doctoral contract, setting a minimum of approximately EUR 1,700 gross per month. It should be noted that there are other levels of remuneration.

This level of remuneration may increase with related tasks entrusted to the PhD candidate such as teaching (introduction to higher education) or special assignments (works for another organisation or company, within a limit of 64 hours per year).

TAll these salaried activities will therefore be counted in the career of the Doctor of science. This BAC+8 qualification (equivalent to 8 years of university level education) therefore takes place during full-time employed activity. Furthermore, there are several funding sources.


The PhD is a very enriching and lively experience

  • Work on a subject you have chosen
  • Work in a team
  • Benefit from international openings during the Thesis
  • Advisory Assignments can be carried out: “PhD candidate Council”
  • You can teach during the thesis

Preparation of a thesis is an unequalled enriching personal life experience.

The PhD candidate progressively takes on his/her subject and becomes an expert therein. Every day, he/she tackles the search for new, imaginative and creative ideas that he/she also learns to verify and validate.

Carried out within a company, his/her research often allows for a “break” to be identified, which will become a determining factor in creating a strong competitive advantage. The methods used and the “reflexes” developed over this process are an incomparable asset throughout your professional career.


Access to an international environment

Work on the thesis is carried out in a spirit of international competition yet it is true that scientific research, just like many artistic, sporting, commercial activities, etc., knows no borders.

Before becoming a co-author of publications describing his/her own work, the PhD candidate immerses him/herself into the bibliography for the subject and acquaints him/herself with the results obtained by teams the world over working on related issues.

Within the Institute, he/she will meet young researchers (trainees, PhD candidates or post-doctoral fellows) and confirmed researchers on a sabbatical from various foreign countries.

Beyond the minimalist aspects covered above, the PhD candidate’s participation in international actions or events will vary, depending on the international policy of the Doctoral School and/or the laboratory and on the thesis subject. It will also depend on the PhD candidate’s motivation.

The most frequent operations during the thesis are:

  • Presentation of a paper at a conference with an international audience
  • A stay of several weeks or months in a research team that is a partner of the thesis laboratory, within the framework of a bilateral cooperation programme, a European network, etc, encouraging mobility.

The most successful forms are the thesis in co-management with a foreign partner or even international co-supervision. The scientific and cultural benefit gained during the thesis from international exchanges may be extended during a post-doctoral trip.


Creating a thesis abroad thanks to international thesis co-supervision

Why not create your thesis in two different countries with, in the end, a PhD qualification from each of the Universities?

That is the full stake of the so-called “co-supervision” theses, which allow PhD candidates to gain international experience through research collaboration between two higher education establishments: one French, one foreign.

The objectives are to develop scientific cooperation between French and foreign research teams and encourage the mobility of the PhD candidate

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