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Joint PhDs

2nd year of a research Master’s Degree (or equivalent) graduate, you can do your doctorate partly abroad and partly at the URCA.

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What is it?
The procedure of joint PhD aims at installing and developing a scientific cooperation between the URCA's research teams and their foreign counterparts while favouring the doctorate students' mobility.


  • I must register in thesis in both institutions each and every year of the thesis,
  • I must carry out my research work under the shared responsibility of two thesis directors, each accredited to supervise research: one is attached to the URCA and the second one to the foreign partner establishment,
  • Research period: the preparation of my thesis will be alternatively split between the two institutions,
  • Unique thesis viva (voce): my thesis in joint guardianship will lead to a unique viva in the country of my own choosing. The country in which it takes place is determined at the beginning of the thesis,
  • Composition of the thesis examining board: the jury is equally composed by scientific representatives of both countries,
  • The used languages: I must draft my thesis in the language defined in the convention between the two contracting universities. Should this language not be French, I must add a substantial summary in French,
  • Degree(s): after the thesis viva, the contracting establishments issue:

    • either simultaneously their respective Doctor degree (two diplomas)
    • either one Doctor degree jointly issued (one diploma)

Note that certain establishments in the world cannot issue thesis degrees prepared in international joint guardianship.

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A thesis joint guardianship convention must be drafted between the two establishments accordingly to the clause of the decree of January 6th, 2005 from the French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research. It is required that the convention is signed by the student, both thesis directors, both establishments’ Presidents/Recteurs. The URCA’s President only signs the convention when the regarded doctoral school has given a favourable opinion about both the thesis and the joint guardianship.

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