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Doctoral degree actors

The PhD student

The PhD student is a training researcher. Throughout the 3 years of the thesis, he/she builds up professional experience within a research unit. His/Her works are the subject of a doctoral thesis. He/She is the author of the thesis, and presents it during defence..

The PhD student enrolls in a doctoral school (DS) certified by the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) institution, to which his/her research unit belongs. He/She is supervised throughout the thesis by a thesis supervisor, or even two if the thesis takes place within the framework of international or local co-supervision.


The thesis supervisor

The thesis supervisor is the holder of a habilitation to direct research (HDR). He/She supervises the PhD student and helps him/her define and carry out his/her doctoral project, as well as his/her professional integration. He/She belongs to the doctoral school where the PhD student is registered.

Within the framework of international co-supervision, the PhD student is jointly supervised by two thesis supervisors. The first one belongs to the institution with which he/she registered, and the second one to the partner university.

Within the framework of local co-supervision, the PhD student is also supervised by two persons, i.e. the thesis supervisor and a co-supervisor. The co-supervisor can be the holder of an HDR or not. The latter case is called non-HDR co-supervision.

Research units

The PhD student carries out his/her research work in a research unit that hosts him/her and contributes to his/her training. The laboratory belongs to the DS with which the PhD student registered. It is often the place where the PhD student works daily, and represents his/her scientific environment. The Head of the research unit is thus directly implied in the PhD student’s supervision; he/she takes part in the decisions made throughout the doctoral thesis.

The list of the laboratories that belong to the DSs is available on the DSs’ respective websites.


The UBFC doctoral mission

The UBFC doctoral mission gathers all the administrative staff involved in implementing the policy defined by the Doctoral College.
It includes the following structures:
– the doctoral schools (13 secretariats in 3 sites)
– the administrative offices of each site
– the cross-cutting doctoral mission (at the UBFC head office)
– the Doctoral College body
– UBFC governance, represented by the vice-president in charge of coordinating training and professional integration.

It is organised as follows: