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Doctoral Policy

The UPL Community comprises 68 research units (with 62 in social and human sciences), 10 Doctoral schools, 1307 teacher-researchers including 1206 in human and social sciences


A focus will be on the professionalization of doctoral students with activities including a “doctoral professionalization day”, foreign language teaching (with a specific training in scientific communication and writing) and French lessons for foreign students. There will also be teacher training, aimed in particular at high-school teachers and graduate assistants.

Multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological seminars will be also developed for doctoral students. The inclusion of associated members in training will bring essential added-value for Doctoral schools, and in addition they will be able to provide open seminars for students from other institutions in the context of doctoral training.


International mobility for postdoctoral students will be reinforced by mobility grants but also by welcoming doctorate and post-doctorate students on exchange programmes as well as foreign teacher-researchers.

Based on a similar model to that of the international Graduate schools of Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, “Doctoriales internationales” will be implemented.

Doctoral college

In order to offer the best welcome and framing for doctoral students, a UPL doctoral studies department will gather from 2015 both universities coordination bodies. It is addressed to foreigner students as well as professionals for on-going training, just like international and national evolutions. It will aim, from 2016-2017, to coordinate the Doctoral schools practices, in terms of passing from the second to the third year, derogations, thesis duration, the part of “trainings” ECTS, framing rate, allocation criteria for doctoral contracts.

In addition, from 2015, UPL doctoral studies department will manage the allocation of its own doctoral contracts.