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THE DOCTORAL INSTITUTE

Rights and responsabilities

Users, public servants and company employees all have rights and responsibilities. It is particularly important for doctoral candidates, who are young professionals in training, to be familiar with them. These rights and responsibilities help ensure a balanced professional environment.

Doctoral candidates are users of higher education, as they are registered for the preparation of a national diploma, but most are also employees of a university, research agency or company. They are also members of the research (and sometimes teaching) profession, which has its own rules of conduct and ethics.

These rights and responsibilities are stated in multiple reference documents. 

  1. AS A DOCTORAL CANDIDATE
  2. AS A RESEARCHER
  3. AS AN EMPLOYEE

AS A DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

The UPMC Doctoral Charter describes the rights and responsibilities of every party: the doctoral candidate, laboratory director and thesis supervisor. It is signed by all of the parties involved with the doctorate at the end of the recruitment process.

The Doctoral Charter addresses the reciprocal undertakings of the doctoral candidate and thesis supervisor to ensure the successful completion of the doctoral research project, the duration of the doctorate, the role of the doctoral school in overseeing the project, the importance of the Individual Training Programme to preparing the candidate's future career plans, the rules for mediation in the event of any problems, confidentiality rules, etc.

→ The Doctorate charter

AS A RESEARCHER

Like any researchers, doctoral candidates must know and comply with:

  1. The rules of operation of their research unit, including any health and safety rules. These rules are defined in the research unit's internal rules.
  2. The principles of scientific integrity: citing of sources, laboratory notebook, scientific communications, teamwork, intellectual and industrial property, etc. 
  3. Depending on the scientific field, other specific rules must be known and complied with: animal experiments, use of biological materials, clinical research, etc. 

→ La Charte nationale de déontologie des métiers de la recherche

AS AN EMPLOYEE

Regardless of their specific status, salaried doctoral candidates must know the rights and responsibilities related to their employment contracts.

Most salaried doctoral candidates at universities and public research agencies have the status of contract doctoral candidate. Contract doctoral candidates are contract civil servants. They are therefore required to remain neutral and to perform their duties with respect for the principle of secularism by refraining from expressing any religious opinions in the performance of their duties. 

11/05/17

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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