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Doctoral studies

UBFC supervises doctoral training

The doctoral degree – the highest university degree – constitutes professional experience leading to high-level scientific skills and generic skills that can be valorised through high-responsibility jobs in all socio-economic sectors. It corresponds to the fulfilment of an original and innovating research project on the one hand, and to an individual continuing education plan (“Plan Individuel de Formations continues”) that supports the PhD student’s research and professional projects on the other hand.

Doctoral training takes place in a doctoral school (DS) accredited by UBFC for the 2017-2023 contract.

Each DS commits to implement the action plans as defined in the decree of 25th May 2016, and more particularly 1) the continuous education courses that prepare future doctors to their professional evolution, and 2) actions that favour the structuring of research and transdisciplinary approaches on each institution’s site.

Each DS will do their best to recruit the best PhD students and ensure that the thesis is funded (salary and operating costs), proceeds smoothly, that the results are disseminated, and that support is brought fairly by the certified research units. The internal rules and regulations of each DS are available to the public.

The Doctoral College is the UBFC body in charge of defining the doctoral policy in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and ensuring its good quality. It coordinates, attunes and federates the activities of UBFC doctoral schools. For any additional information, please visit the Doctoral College website:

The six doctoral schools are listed below:

Doctoral school
Environment & Health


Doctoral school


Stakes of the doctoral policy

Doctoral training is at the core of UBFC priorities. UBFC commits to develop an ambitious policy respectful of individuals, looking ahead and devoted to professional success. Doctoral training constitutes a key stake of UBFC development, visibility and outreach. It is also a key stake involving training through research and attractivity of highly qualified professionals who will help our deeply changing society and socio-economic world respond to current and upcoming challenges.