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THE DOCTORAL INSTITUTE

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.

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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.

STEPS IN THE DOCTORATE PROCESS: FROM RECRUITMENT TO THESIS DEFENSE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

      

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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