Pursuing a doctorate degree

Definition of the doctorate

The doctorate is based upon a unique and instructive research project, which must enable the PhD student to become an international expert within his/her chosen scientific specialization. 
The doctorate constitutes a professional research experience leading to the obtention of an internationally recognized university degree of the highest level. Doctoral studies commonly last 3 years (or up to 6 years max), during which time the student carries out research work on a specific subject. PhD students pursue their research under the supervision of a Thesis Supervisor (HDR accredited research director). 
At the end of their studies, PhD students must successfully defend their thesis in order to earn their doctoral degree. 

You can access the recording of a presentation by the doctoral students' organisation on the French version of this page, as well as the minutes of another one.

Admission conditions

To be able to pursue doctoral studies, aspiring PhD students must already have earned a Master’s or equivalent degree. The thesis subjects on offer can be consulted at: theses.u-bretagneloire.fr