Prepared within a Doctoral School, the doctorate is training for and through research. The doctoral student's research work is carried out under the responsibility of a thesis director within a research unit. The preparation of the doctorate is carried out in application of the decree of 25 May 2016.
To enrol in a doctoral programme, the candidate must hold a master's degree or another degree conferring the grade of master after completing a course of study that establishes his/her aptitude for research.
If this condition is not fulfilled, the President of the University of Montpellier may, by dispensation and on the proposal of the Doctoral School Council, enrol in the doctoral programme candidates who have completed studies of equivalent level or who benefit from the validation of acquired experience. Registration for the doctorate is authorised by the President of the University of Montpellier on the basis of a proposal from the Director of the Doctoral School after receiving the opinion of the thesis director and the Director of the research unit.
The preparation of the doctorate is normally carried out in three years of full-time equivalent research time. In other cases, the duration of the preparation of the doctorate may be up to six years.
The Director of the Doctoral School verifies that the scientific, material and financial conditions are in place to guarantee the proper conduct of the doctoral student's research and preparation of the thesis. The admission procedures for candidates are defined by the Doctoral Schools.