Doctoral Program in Biological and Life Sciences in France

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Biological and Life Sciences

The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 

 

In order to learn more about life and what we know about it, one may be interested in entering a program in the Biological and Life Sciences. There are numerous potential programs to enter within such a broad field.

France offers a superb higher education system to not only its citizens but also foreigners. The country's dynamic culture attracts foreign students and those interested in pursuing international courses. France has a tradition of scientific and technological innovation. This ensures that scholars fully utilize their creativity.

Top Doctoral Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in France 2017

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FdV Life Science PhD Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Campus Full time France

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. [+]

Best Doctorates in Biological and Life Sciences in France 2017. Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. As of December 2015, over 110 PhDs have been granted to FdV fellows studying topics at the frontiers of life science, and over 120 are currently in pursuit of their degree. “Frontières du Vivant” (FdV) projects involve interactions between a broad range of academic disciplines, in the pursuit of understanding living systems. Students who join the doctoral school are trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world. Degree requirements The PhD at the FdV program represents a combination of research experience gained in the hosting lab and experience in interdisciplinary science-related activities gained through the doctoral school. Students are required to complete the FdV training program, which consists of at least 300 hours of training. Half of the hours must be completed through FdV approved courses, workshops, or activities and the remainder may be completed through external programs, international conferences, summer schools, etc. The doctoral school does not require a determined number of publications to authorize the defense. However, it recommends that students are involved in 3 publications during their thesis: One research article written with the lab, not necessarily as lead author, and not necessarily on the student’s main subject. One review type article, taking advantage of the work of interdisciplinary synthesis expected by the school. One research article as lead author on the student’s main subject. Approval to defend the thesis is granted by the doctoral school director. The director will consider the following: the Thesis Advisory Committee recommendations, research achievements, publications or dissemination of the work in thesis, and completion of the doctoral school training program including courses, conferences, and involvement in the FdV doctoral program. Featured Life Science projects Randomness and variability in animal embryogenesis, a multi-scale approach The developmental polarity and morphogenesis of a single cell Unraveling the neural circuitry of sequence-based navigation using a combined fos imaging and computational approach Mechanotransductional regulation of mesoderm invagination and posterior endoderm invagination of the Drosophila embryo Symmetry breaking and Cell polarization imposed by an external mechanical cue Featured Frontiers of Life Science Projects Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. The following featured dissertations received the highest honors from their defense committees: Mention Très honorable avec Félications This grade is reserved for candidates with exceptional skills proven by their achievements and the quality of their thesis defense. It can be awarded only if a) there is a unanimous agreement of the thesis jury members under an anonymous vote and b) the jury president writes and signs an additional report justifying this distinction. [-]