The IGBMC International PhD training programme is organized within the framework of the doctoral school of the University of Strasbourg (UdS). In this framework the duration of the PhD studies is normally 3 years but a fourth year can be granted by the doctoral school if deemed necessary.
During the development of your thesis the team leader will be your main supervisor and PhD mentor. In addition, your progress will be monitored by a thesis committee whose main role is to reinforce the mentoring and support provided by your PhD supervisor.
The PhD students enrolled at the UdS are required to attend 108hrs of courses on scientific and socio-professional topics (54hrs each) and present their work at national or international conference. PhD students at IGBMC benefit from an in house training program set to cover the student's training needs and to help them planning their future career.
IGBMC PhD students also have the chance to contribute to the scientific life of the institute by having an active participation in events such as “Fete de la science” where they explain biology issues of the future to the lay public, or by organizing events such as the PhD retreat and PhD Symposium which bring IGBMC students together to discuss science and meet students from other PhD programmes.
In the following sections you will find more detailed information on the procedures required by UdS from the moment you start your PhD until the submission of your thesis. For more information please visit the Doctoral School website and check the IGBMC welcome guide.
Before starting your PhD at IGBMC you first need to enrol at the University of Strasbourg (UdS). The enrolment must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year. Enrolments and re-enrolments involve two steps :
1) a pre-registration ("inscription pédagogique")
2) an administrative registration ("inscription administrative")
For those students not holding a French master's degree or whom have a French engineering school diploma an additional step is required before starting the registration process: submission of an exemption application (see below).
The deadlines for enrolment, re-enrolments and exemption applications are decided by the Doctoral School and can be found on their website.
You have to start by applying for admission (Inscription Pédagogique) in the following website.
Once you obtain your login and password by email, you must complete an online folder providing information such as:
You will also need to provide the following documents:
Once your file has been approved by the director of the doctoral school you can proceed to the second step, the administrative registration.
Please note that for the first step of re-enrolment (application) only university student email accounts (firstname.lastname@example.org) can be used. You will have to activate the email address that was created when you registered at the university, if it was not done yet.
You will then need to upload the following documents:
For the administrative registration ("inscription administrative"), you have to gather the following documents and take them to the University administration (address and contact below). At this point you will be asked to pay the registration fees.
Direction de la Recherche – Département Formation Doctorale
Institut Le Bel – First floor (Rooms 142 and 144)
4 rue Blaise Pascal
67084 Strasbourg Cedex
Tél : 03 68 85 13 81/82 et 03 68 85 13 94/95
For more information please visit the university website
Students who do not hold a French Research master or who have a French engineering school diploma have to submit an exemption application before being able to do their registration in the first year.
Below is the list of documents that have to be provided to the Doctoral School :
A written notification of the result will be sent by postal mail to the PhD supervisor in Strasbourg, and a copy of the letter will be scanned and sent to the PhD supervisor and the Director of the Research Unit.
The committee should meet ideally once a year or at least at halfway through the thesis. The members of the committee should be chosen together by the PhD student and the PhD supervisor. It should be composed of the PhD mentor, one or more IGBMC faculty members and an external faculty member.
The thesis committee meetings should proceed as follows :
The committee should complete a final report on the meeting indicating their comments, recommendations and any difficulties. The report should be prepared using the model provided by the Doctoral School (see forms section) and sent to the Doctoral School, the PhD student, their thesis director, and to the director of the research unit, on the authority of whom recommendations are implemented.
Registration at Doctoral school
Registration at University
Dossier Inscription (98.2 KB) (Fiche analytique individuelle)
Thesis advisory committee meeting
Submitting and defending your thesis
First page for the summary of the PhD thesis
Jury proposition form