The Doctoral Studies Department of the Research and Doctoral Studies Directorate is based on the activities of the doctoral schools, whose network it coordinates and monitors.
It is in charge of doctoral and HDR studies (administrative registration and organisation of defences).

The service is open to the public on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday from 8.30am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and on Thursday from 8.30am to 12pm:


Ludivine CABIT - 04 67 14 94 35
Sylvie DAUTEUILLE - 04 67 14 40 23
Anne-Cécile SAYE - 04 67 14 94 40
Aurélien VALAT - 04 67 14 49 60

Are you a student holding a Master's degree or enrolled in a Master's degree or equivalent and benefiting from the employment obligation*? Do you wish to continue or resume your studies in a doctorate?

You can benefit from a doctoral disability contract

Since 2011, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has set up a plan to allocate doctoral contracts to students with disabilities.

The "PhD with a Disability 2022" campaign offers funding for contracts to students with a thesis project who are recognised as being beneficiaries of the Employment Obligation (BOE).

In addition, the University of Montpellier undertakes to finance a doctoral contract for the disabled from its own resources, in accordance with the provisions of the institution's multi-annual Disability Master Plan.

Successful candidates will benefit from a three-year (36 months) contract, conditional each year on re-registration at the doctoral school.

The doctorate must be carried out in a research structure for which the University of Montpellier is the supervisor. Students must register for a PhD at the University of Montpellier in one of the 9 doctoral schools. An information sheet indicates the research units and doctoral specialities prepared at the UM.

Dossier building and timetable

You have until 18/02/2022 to contact the Handiversity department, which will help you to prepare your application.

  • Information and exchange interview: 7-11 March 2022.
  • Sending the digital application file to the Handiversity Department: no later than 25/03/2022.
  • Communication of results by the Handiversity service: from 04/07/2022.

Deadline for applications to the Handiversity Department: 25 March 2022.

tel: 04 67 14 48 53 or 23

Download the information notes and model files:

Documents to be provided

  • *Proof of status as a Beneficiary of the Obligation of Employment (photocopy of the RQTH or proof of a file being processed by a Maison Départementale de l'Autonomie).
  • Completed application file, including the opinions of the thesis directors and the host laboratory, as well as the reasoned opinion of the director of the doctoral school.
  • Copy of diploma if applicable (Master or equivalent).
  • Copy of the corresponding transcripts.
  • CV.
  • Thesis proposal of maximum 3 pages.
  • The doctorate allows the acquisition of a broad scientific culture of a high level.
  • The PhD is one of the highest degrees awarded by a university.
  • The PhD is prepared in a research team attached to a Doctoral School under the direction of an HDR teacher and in limited time.
  • The doctorate is both an in-depth training and a first professional experience in research.
  • The preparation of a thesis is part of a personal and professional project that is clearly defined in its objectives and means.
  • The thesis prepared in cotutelle makes it possible to obtain a PhD from two universities (University of Montpellier and a foreign university).

Created in the wake of the I-SITE label to promote, among other things, the international visibility of the MUSE project, the University of Montpellier's doctoral college prepares future PhDs for their entry into the job market.

A complaint does not constitute an enquiry. For all enquiries, please contact your Doctoral School or the Doctoral Studies Service.

If you wish to file a complaint, please complete the form via the following link:

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the e-mail address you gave in the form.


Directorate of Research and Doctoral Studies
Triolet Campus
Building 7 - Mail Box 00404
Place Eugène Bataillon
34090 Montpellier cedex 5