Application procedures

The minimum qualification required to enrol in a doctoral-level programme is a Master's or equivalent. The minimum number of ECTS required is 300.

The organisation of doctoral studies is the preserve of each academy and regulations vary from one academy to another. In general, candidates should first contact the doctoral department of the university to enquire about the exact procedure for applying for doctoral studies. Applicants should also ask a lecturer or experienced researcher to review their project and agree to supervise them. Candidates submit their application file, previously accepted by the supervisor, to the relevant doctoral department for their field of study before the beginning of the academic year. The doctoral department will then rule on their admissibility and decide whether or not to authorise the registration. After having been admitted by the doctoral department, the candidate needs to register for the doctoral programme at the university's registrations office, generally before the end of November. For non-EU students, the application procedure may include an administrative check of their degree by the admissions department of the university. This administrative step is generally required prior or at the same time as submitting the application file to the doctoral department of their field of study.

The level of proficiency in the local language required depends on the institution. It is possible for international doctoral students to pursue doctoral studies in English after acceptance by their supervisor and the doctoral department they are affiliated to.


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CampusFrance DAAD European Community
Nuffic British Council Eurodoc IIE