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“European doctorate” label


The UBFC doctoral mission implements a “European doctorate” label to promote PhD student mobility.

The label had to be applied for before thesis defence; it is reserved to students from the 28 EU countries, and extended to the other free-exchange states (Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein). It is not to be mistaken with the international thesis co-supervision procedure, but it can come in addition to it.

The “European doctorate” consists of a certificate added to the classical doctoral degree; it is issued by UBFC and signed by its president.

This label is issued when the PhD student meets the following four criteria:

  1. Prior to defence, the works will be examined by two reporter colleagues habilitated to direct research, belonging to two institutions other than the one in which the thesis will be defended, including at least one non-French European one. The reports will clearly mention that the research works can lead to issuance of a doctoral diploma, and arrive at the doctoral school four weeks before defence.
  2. The jury composition will be defined by regulatory texts, with at least one jury member belonging to a higher-education institution from a European state other than the one in which the thesis will be defended.
  3. At least part of defence will be done in a national European language other than the national language of the country where the thesis will be defended.
  4. The PhD student will have spent at least three months doing research in an EU member state.



The full procedure is available here.
The application form is available in your ADUM personal space.