Doctoral studies at Université Côte d'Azur: a springboard to excellence and professional integration

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Published on December 13, 2023 Updated on December 13, 2023

on the December 1, 2023


A PhD at Université Côte d'Azur is much more than just a degree. It's an immersive experience in a stimulating research environment, with strong institutional support and promising future prospects.

A rich and diverse environment for doctoral students

Université Côte d'Azur's university ecosystem includes national research institutes such as CNRS, INRIA, INSERM, INRAe and IRD, all of which contribute to the dynamics of collective research.

With more than 50 Joint Research Units and laboratories, Université Côte d'Azur is home to a community of nearly 1,300 doctoral students involved in research activities that strive to meet the challenges of science and innovation against a backdrop of ecological, digital and social transition. Through its Initiatives d'Excellence (Idex), Laboratoires d'Excellence (Labex), the European HRS4R label dedicated to human resources for researchers and doctoral students, and its Institutes and Ecoles Universitaires de Recherche (EUR), the University is strengthening its academic excellence and international reputation.

In this dynamic context, doctoral students, with their mastery of complex phenomena, contribute their skills in analysis and creativity.

An essential status for coordinating education and research

Divided into 6 doctoral schools, the 1300 doctoral students at the Université Côte d'Azur, who are both students and members of a research unit, play an essential role in the transition between training and research. As project leaders, vectors of knowledge and innovators in research strategy, they embody the dynamism of the institution.

Their contribution often translates into significant scientific breakthroughs and industrial or scientific innovations, reinforcing the indispensable role of these aspiring researchers.

A wide range of support services

Université Côte d'Azur is committed to the success of its doctoral students through a variety of support measures. These include increased sources of funding for PhDs through calls for proposals, the Ecoles Universitaires de Recherche, the Idex label, and the 3IA artificial intelligence institute.

International mobility - facilitated by initiatives such as the Ulysseus European University, the ERASMUS scheme and the docwalker program- offers doctoral students the chance to create research networks and open up new perspectives on their work.

Student protection is ensured by a strengthened medical and social structure, reporting platforms and counselling units, with a particularly attentive welcome for foreign students via the Welcome Center.Université Côte d'Azur also strives to improve the range of training courses tailored to the needs of doctoral students and their supervisors.

Support for professional integration

Université Côte d'Azur raises the profile of doctoral studies in the corporate world, by promoting programs such as CIFRE and developing a wide range of training courses dedicated to entrepreneurship.

Université Côte d'Azur is also committed to helping doctoral students make the transition to the workplace. With a professional integration rate of 90% across all disciplines, 3 years after completing their thesis, PhD students are well placed to enter the job market.

By highlighting the qualities and professional successes of doctoral students, Université Côte d'Azur aims to inspire the next generation and encourage them to take up a doctorate. It positions doctoral students as architects of progress and innovation, shaping the future of research and society.