PhD courses

PhD courses at the Université Joseph Fourier are shared between ten Graduate Schools (Écoles Doctorales) in the Grenoble area. The role of these Graduate Schools is to:

  • distribute the Ministry for Higher Education and Research's research grants,
  • provide post-M.Phil courses and international summer schools,
  • prepare students for the business world,
  • follow an international policy with, for example, the organisation of theses under co-supervision,
  • provide support after job placement for their graduates,
  • organise one or two "public" lectures per year,
  • build collaborative relationships with industrial laboratories and research facility laboratories.


Schools in the Doctoral College


Qualification type
National Diploma
Level: Bac +8 (8 years of university studies)

It normally takes three years after obtaining a Master's Degree to obtain a PhD.

Candidates must hold a "Research" Master's Degree or a title deemed to be equivalent by the University's Doctoral Studies Committee (Commission des Etudes Doctorales de l'Université).

Further study and/or Job opportunities
Employability within the public or private sector.

Educational approach
Doctoral studies are organised within Graduate Schools, which coordinate research training and education through conducting research in a scientific field. The Graduate Schools draw upon the human potential for thesis supervision in university laboratory support teams, bringing together public research bodies (CNRS, CEA, INSERM etc.) around major scientific projects.
Theses on a research subject validated by the relevant Graduate School are prepared in a recognised research laboratory, supervised by a thesis supervisor authorised to direct research (University Professors, a Research Manager from a public research body or someone with a Habilitation qualification - accreditation to supervise research).
Alongside their research, PhD students will be offered diverse activities by the Graduate School, providing them with the means to complete their scientific education through high-level classes and seminars as well as sufficiently preparing them for employability through modules that pave the way to certain occupations and the socio-economic world.