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Inscription Rules

A reminder of the main inscription rules

The decree of May 25, 2016, concerning doctoral studies stipulates:
"To be enrolled for a doctorate, the applicant must hold a national master's diploma or another diploma of master's level given after a training displaying the applicant's aptitude to do research. If this condition is not met, the director of the establishment can, by derogation and upon the proposal of the Doctoral School Council, enrol students in doctoral studies if they have done studies in foreign countries at the equivalent of the master's level or have received official validation of learning as foreseen in article L. 613-5 of the code of education. »

Re-enrolment must be done at the start of each university year by the head of the institution, based on the director of the doctoral school proposition, after the thesis director opinion, and for a registration after the third year, the opinion of the individual monitoring committee. If the re-enrolment is not considered, following the advice of the thesis director, a detailed explanation is given to the doctoral candidate by the director of the doctoral school. A second opinion from the research committee or academic council or the equivalent at the registration institution can be requested by the doctoral candidate. The refusal to re-enrol is taken by the head of the institution who notifies the doctoral candidate.

Procedures for students to follow

Students wishing to do a thesis at ABIES must enroll for doctoral studies at one of the establishments linked to ABIES and habilitated to deliver doctoral degrees (University Paris-Saclay, IAVFF, University Paris-Est).

Thesis inscription is completed by the ABIES Doctoral School Director upon recognition that the applicant has fulfilled the following 5 conditions:

  • Have a Master’s degree (or equivalent),
  • Have a thesis subject,
  • Have a welcoming laboratory,
  • Have assured thesis financing for all three years,
  • Have a thesis director.

During the initial inscription for the doctorate, the thesis charter is signed by the doctoral student, the thesis director, the Doctoral School Director and the person in charge of the welcoming unit or team.

Thesis subject

The thesis subject is usually proposed by the thesis director, the welcoming laboratory or the person in charge of financing the thesis. It must have been determined before thesis inscription.

Welcoming laboratory

The welcoming laboratory can be a laboratory from one of the 6 establishments linked to the Doctoral School, a laboratory of a French or foreign research organisation or of an enterprise.

Choosing the laboratory is very important as the student will spend three years there. It must meet the material and scientific conditions required to carry out good research work and meet the training needs of the doctoral applicant.

Thesis financing

Financing includes research grants from the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, thesis scholarships from research organisations of the region, doctoral contracts, CIFRE training agreements with industries, financing assured through research contracts or associations and/or foundations, etc.

Before beginning thesis work, financing must be assured for all three years. Salaried employees who have worked professionally for several years can also enrol for doctoral studies and they can be afforded specific conditions depending on their constraints.

The various aids proffered by ministries or organisations correspond to a monthly gross income of approximately 1680 euros.

All doctoral students working in a laboratory must have work contracts referred to as doctoral contracts, health insurance, social coverage in case of job-related accidents and civil liability insurance.

Thesis Director

All theses must be supervised by a Thesis Director who accompanies, follows and advises the doctoral student throughout the three-year period of research work.

The thesis director can be a Professor, a Lecturer with HDR status (habilitated to direct research), a Research Director of a research organisation or a Researcher with HDR status.