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The Doctorate at UPMC

The doctorate is a professional experience that allows candidates to obtain high-level scientific skills as well as general skills that can be used in management roles in any socio-economic sector.

The doctoral experience consists of:

- conducting an original and innovative research project

- developing an Individual continuing education plan (ICEP) to support the research project and the doctoral candidate's career goals.

For that reason, UPMC doctoral researchers are recruited, paid, integrated into a research laboratory and given access to special training. This working environment allows them to acquire and formalise the high-level skills they will need in order to have an enriching and diverse career in any socio-economic sector, whether in France or abroad. 

The doctorate may be earned through initial training or validation of prior experience (VAE), or through a special programme. In any case, it is completed within a doctoral school.


The doctoral research project

A doctoral research project consists of:

  • an original scientific project that is instructional and feasible for a young, beginning researcher
  • doctoral candidate recruited to conduct the project
  • supervisors responsible for supervising the project: a thesis supervisor and possibly one or more co-supervisors 
  • research unit providing a professional, stimulating scientific environment
  • a doctoral school responsible for the successful completion of the scientific project and the doctoral candidate's professional development
  • technical and financial resources making it possible to conduct high-quality research and including the doctoral candidate's pay for the full three years of the project

 Conducting a doctoral research project allows you:

  • To address a new scientific problem, contribute your thoughts, suggest approaches, test ideas, compare them to those of your peers, verify hypotheses, analyse and critique results, overcome setbacks, etc.
  • To master the start of the art associated with the problem (bibliography) and help enrich it (scientific publications, lectures and conferences)
  • To design and conduct (where applicable) experiments to gather data and analyse and place them into context
  • To communicate and promote your results to specialists, the general public or specific socio-economic sectors
  • To manage a project: estimate timelines, meet deadlines, prioritise activities, mobilise technical and human resources
  • To solidify a professional goal: discover possibilities, define your goals, meet professionals in various industries, learn about the job market for PhDs and master job search techniques
  • And much more!

Conducting a doctoral research project is a complex experience, but doctoral candidates and supervisors do not have to go it alone, as the doctoral school supervises all three years of every doctoral project.




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Key doctorate statistics

  • 16 doctoral schools across 4 areas
  • 3,000 doctoral candidates (98% funded)
  • Over 750 theses defended every year
  • Duration of a doctoral project: 41 months