The PhD is open to students who have a master's degree and to international students with an equivalent degree.

The PhD is a universally recognized degree that reflects knowledge acquired in a highly specialized field of research and opens the door to an international career in academia or the industry.

It is the highest degree awarded by the university and requires in-depth research leading to the preparation of a thesis defended before a jury.

The PhD program requires a long-term commitment and rigorous and consistent work. The degree reflects the PhD student's very high level of qualification.

Under the supervision of a thesis supervisor, PhD students contribute to the scientific activities of the university's research units.

During the PhD cycle, which lasts 36 months, PhD students have the opportunity to meet researchers, educators, entrepreneurs and other individuals interested by their research topic who could contribute to their future employability in academia, a private company, the public sector or a non-profit.

The LIFE Graduate School offers its PhD students a high-quality working environment

  • PhD students can select from a wide range of courses in their discipline offered by the Doctoral School of Life Sciences and Health.
  • They can also take minor units to expand their cross-disciplinary skills and be more attractive to both private and public employers.
  • The Doctoral School and the Graduate School of Life and Health Sciences (EUR LIFE) are associated with local high-level research laboratories with a long track record in directing PhD projects and also with local companies.
  • Unique and innovative research opportunities through interdisciplinarity.
  • Many international conferences, seminars and summer and winter schools are organized each year for PhD students.
  • Support is provided to PhD students setting up an entrepreneurial project.


170 PhD students
40 doctoral contracts per year
82 research teams
8 disciplines

The Doctoral School

The LIFE Graduate School is associated with the Doctoral School of Life and Health Sciences (ED85).

The ED85 Doctoral School supervises all the research teams working in the field of life and health sciences in the East Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

The Doctoral School supervises 82 research teams spread out in host laboratories affiliated with National Public Research Institutions.


"My thesis in 180 seconds" is an event organized to give PhD students the opportunity to present their research topic in simple words to a secular and diverse audience and to a jury of researchers, journalists, and representatives of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the National Research Institute (CNRS).

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