The pathway of the doctoral student

Doctoral studies

The pathway of the doctoral student

Conditions for applying for a PhD/doctorate

  • Hold a national Master's degree or another degree conferring the equivalent of a Master's degree. In exceptional circumstances an exemption from the Master’s diploma or degree requirement can be requested.
  • Obtain the approval of a thesis supervisor
  • Have a source of funding or carry out a salaried activity

Theses offered:


Cross-disciplinary courses

In order to broaden his range of skills and his academic horizons and make his future integration into the world of work easier, the doctoral student must complete a minimum of 100 hours of training spread over the 3 years of his thesis.

The provision of cross-disciplinary training courses by the École des docteurs and the Pôle du Mans gives you the tools to support your professional and research projects. This provision is additional to the subject training courses offered by your doctoral school.


Calls for projects

Assistance for international thesis mobility

Le Mans University, with the support of the local authorities, wishes to support doctoral students registered for joint international supervision of doctoral theses (cotutelle), which represents an important element of the institution’s international scientific policy. This call for projects therefore aims to participate in the financing of the transportation and accommodation costs of doctoral students registered for joint international supervision of their doctoral theses at both the Le Mans University and in a foreign higher education institution. Only one instance of assistance can be given during the duration of the thesis.

Support for doctoral students for participation in conferences

The University of Le Mans wishes to support the participation of doctoral students in scientific conferences to present and compare the results of their research with those of other researchers. This support supplements the funding already provided by laboratories and doctoral schools to pay the registration fees of doctoral students and their transportation and accommodation costs.


Thesis defence

The defence procedure can be requested from the doctoral centre: poledoctoral @

Thesis dissertations must be presented in accordance with a common graphic charter, taking into account the mandatory information required by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Innovation.

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