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Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) is a national higher-education degree that can be passed after the doctoral degree. It allows its holder to supervise theses, be chosen as a thesis reporter, and also apply to the corps of university professors.

 (arrêté du 23 novembre 1988).

Habilitation to Direct Research acknowledges the applicant’s high scientific level, the original character of his/her approach in a given scientific field, his/her ability to master a research strategy in a wide enough scientific or technological field, and his/her ability to supervise young researchers(decree of 23 November 1988).

HDR applicants:

  • must be the holders of a doctoral diploma
  • or be the holders of a doctor’s diploma entitling them to practise medicine, odontology, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine
  • or bring proof of a diploma, works, or experience of an equivalent level to a doctor’s degree (holders of a third-cycle doctorate or of an engineer-doctor’s diploma supplemented by other works or a full-time teaching and research activity for at least 5 years)

 

Specialties

The applicant chooses the CNU section specialty in which he/she wishes to apply from the list below:

LMEPS (DGEP) DS

Section 01 – Private law and criminal sciences

Section 02 – Public law

Section 03 – History of law and of the institutions

Section 04 – Political science

Section 05 – Economic sciences

Section 06 – Management sciences

Section 19 – Sociology, demography

 

SSPT (SEPT) DS

Section 20 – Anthropology

Section 21 – Archeology

Section 05 – Economy

Section 72 – Epistemology, history of sciences and techniques

Section 23 – Geography and land planning

Section 22 – History

Section 18 – History of art

Section 03 – History of law

Section 08 – Ancient languages and literatures

Section 17 – Philosophy

Section 16 – Psychology

Section 70 – Educational sciences

Section 74 – Sport sciences

Section 19 – Sociology

 

EH (ES) DS

Section 16 – Psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology

Section 23 – Physical, human, economic, and regional geography

Section 27 – Computer science

Section 28 – Dense media and materials

Section 32 – Organic, mineral, industrial chemistry

Section 33 – Chemistry of materials

Section 34 – Astronomy, astrophysics

Section 35 – Structure and evolution of the Earth and other planets

Section 36 – Solid Earth: geodynamics of the upper mantle, paleobiosphere

Section 37 – Meteorology, physical environmental oceanography

Section 44 – Medicine – Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology and nutrition

Section 45 – Medicine – Microbiology, communicable diseases and hygiene

Section 46 – Medicine – Public health, environment and society

Section 47 – Medicine – Oncology, genetics, hematology, immunology

Section 49 – Medicine – Nerve and muscle pathology, mental pathology, handicap and rehabilitation

Section 50 – Medicine – Osteoarticular pathology, dermatology and plastic surgery

Section 51 – Medicine – Cardiorespiratory and vascular pathology

Section 52 – Medicine – Diseases of the digestive and urinary tracts

Section 53 – Internal medicine, geriatrics, general surgery and general medicine

Section 54 – Medicine – Child development and pathology, gynecology-obstetrics, endocrinology and reproduction

Section 64 – Biochemistry and molecular biology

Section 65 – Cell biology

Section 66 – Physiology

Section 67 – Biology of populations and ecology

Section 68 – Biology of organisms

Section 69 – Neurosciences

Section 74 – Sciences and techniques of physical and sport activities

Section 81 – Pharmacy – Pharmacy teaching staff and hospital staff in the sciences of medicines and other health products

Section 82 – Pharmacy – Pharmacy teaching staff and hospital staff in the biological, fundamental, and clinical sciences 

CP DS

Section 25 – Mathematics

Section 26 – Applied mathematics and applications of mathematics

Section 28 – Physics – Dense media and materials

Section 29 – Physics – Elemental components

Section 30 – Physics – Diluted media and optics

Section 31 – Theoretical, physical, analytical chemistry

Section 32 – Organic, mineral, industrial chemistry

Section 33 – Chemistry of materials

Section 34 – Astronomy, astrophysics

Section 60 – Mechanics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering

Section 61 – Computer engineering, automation, signal processing

Section 62 – Energy economics, process engineering

Section 63 – Electrical engineering, computer science, photonics and systems

 

LCLA (LECLA) DS

Section 07 – Sciences of language: general linguistics and phonetics

Section 08 – Ancient languages and literatures

Section 09 – French languages and literature

Section10 – Comparative literatures

Section 11 – English and Anglo-Saxon languages and literatures

Section 12 – Germanic and Scandinavian languages and literatures

Section 14 – Roman languages and literatures: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, other Roman languages

Section 18 – Architecture (theories and practices), applied arts, fine arts, performing arts, epistemology of art classes, aesthetics, musicology, music, art sciences

Section 27 – Computer science

Section 70 – Educational sciences

Section 71 – Sciences of information and communication

Section 74 – Sciences and techniques of physical and sport activities

               

ESM (SPIM) DS

Section 27 – Computer science

Section 28 – Dense media and materials

Section 30 – Physics – diluted media and optics

Section 31 – Theoretical, physical, analytical chemistry

Section 33 – Chemistry of materials

Section 60 – Mechanics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering

Section 61 – Computer engineering, automation, signal processing

Section 62 – Energy economics, process engineering

Section 63 – Electrical engineering, computer science, photonics and systems

Section 87 – Pharmacy lecturers-researchers in biological, fundamental, and clinical sciences 

 

The following regulatory texts apply to HDR:

  • Interministerial decree of 23 November 1988 relative to habilitation to direct research
  • Decree of 15 June 1992 establishing the list of the civil servant corps assimilated to university professors and lecturers-researchers to designate National University council (Conseil National des Universités) members