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PhD programmes

PhD in France :

Participation in a PhD programme in France consists in training in and through research and innovation.
Enrolment through a Doctoral School is mandatory. The main aims of doctoral schools are to ensure that doctoral candidates have a support structure for professional development, career planning and preparation to enter the academic, research or alternative career labour market.
The research work is carried out in an affiliated research laboratory and the doctoral training and supervision during the thesis are ensured by the Doctoral School.
The standard duration of a PhD is three years after completion of a Master’s Degree or equivalent and results in a Doctoral Degree diploma.
PhD preparation and defense can be done in French or in English.

Doctoral Training at AgroParisTech :

AgroParisTech is involved in 4 Doctoral Schools :

  • ABIES - Agriculture Food Biology Environment Health, led by AgroParisTech (co-accreditation : Paris-Saclay University*, Agreenium*, Paris Est University)
  • RP2E - Ressources, Processes, Products and Environment (co-accreditation : University of Lorraine, AgroParisTech)
  • GAIA – Biodiversity, Agriculture, Food, Environment, Earth, Water (co-accreditation : University of Montpellier, Montpellier SupAgro, AgroParisTech)
  • As an associated partner : GRNE - Geoscience, Natural Resources and Environment (co-accreditation : UPMC - Pierre and Marie Curie University, AgroParisTech)

* AgroParisTech is a founding member of both Paris-Saclay University and Agreenium.

In 2016-2017, 366 doctoral candidates were enrolled at AgroParisTech, 90% of them being registered at ABIES.

About 90-100 defenses are organised per year.

Fields of study :

The fields covered by AgroParisTech doctoral candidates are the following :
- Agronomic, forest, water and environmental sciences and technologies
- Life sciences and health, nutrition, plant and animal sciences
- Science and engineering for food and bioproducts
- Social, economic and management sciences applied to agriculture, food, health, forest, water, territories, environment and sustainable development
- Mathematics, informatics and physics applied to living matter and the environment

International attractiveness of AgroParisTech PhD programmes :

PhD is a highly internationalized degree at AgroParisTech, attracting numerous international doctoral candidates and offering opportunities to materialize international scientific collaborations through joint supervision (“co-tutelle” or joint PhD).

From 2013 to 2017, out of a total of 688 doctoral candidates enrolled at AgroParisTech, having already graduated or not :

  • 33 % were foreign citizens, including 52% of newcomers
  • 10% were working under joint supervision with universities from 19 different countries (Germany, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark , USA, Hungary, Italia, Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Holland, United-Kingdom, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia), including 47% of joint supervision with European partners.

AgroParisTech also coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate “European Graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics” (EGS-ABG).

Contact persons :

For further information about our PhD programmes, admission procedures and deadlines please contact :

Information about Doctoral Training at AgroParisTech
Christine DUVAUX-PONTER (Director) and Irina VASSILEVA (Deputy director)
Paris – Avenue du Maine
Tél. : +33 (0)1 45 49 88 51
Mail : irina.vassileva chez agroparistech.fr

Doctoral school ABIES
Alexandre PERY (Director) and Irina VASSILEVA (Deputy director), AgroParisTech Paris – Avenue du Maine
Tel. : +33 (0)1 45 49 88 51
Mail : abies chez agroparistech.fr

Doctoral school RP2E
Meriem FOURNIER, AgroParisTech Nancy
Tel. : +33 (0)3 83 39 68 83
Mail : meriem.fournier chez agroparistech.fr

Doctoral school GAIA
Pierre Yves VION, AgroParisTech Montpellier
Tel. : +33 (0) 4 67 54 87 50
Mail : pierre-yves.vion chez agroparistech.fr

Please find more information in French here

AgroParisTech
16 rue Claude Bernard
F-75231 Paris Cedex 05
Tel: 33 (0) 1 44 08 18 43
Fax: 33 (0) 1 44 08 16 00
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